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By Kathleen W. Fraser

targeting Egypt through the interval 1760 to 1870, this e-book fills in the various old blanks for a dance shape usually identified this day within the heart East as raqs sharki or raqs baladi, and in Western international locations as “belly dance.” Eyewitness bills written through eu tourists, the main fundamental resource for contemporary students, offer lots of the examine fabric. the writer shapes those quite a few money owed right into a coherent complete, offering an image of Egyptian lady entertainers of the interval as pros within the arts, instead of as a bunch of unnamed “ethnic” dancers and singers. research is given of the contexts of this dance—that was once a sound appearing artwork shape in Egyptian society favored by means of a large choice of audiences—with a spotlight on genuine performances—and a new version of choreography.

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