Serpent of the Nile: women and dance in the Arab world

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Saqi, 1989 - Architecture - 207 pages

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User Review  - amaraduende - LibraryThing

If you can get ahold of a copy of this, get it! It's got a very well-researched history of bellydance in it. Its main focus is the Orientalist movement. Very interesting for seeing where some of our modern day ideas about bellydance come from. Read full review

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User Review  - jtho - LibraryThing

The two best parts of this book: the amazing photos, and Buonaventura's passion for the dance. Buonaventura's book covers the history of belly dance, Orientalism, as well as North American adoption of ... Read full review

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Dancer and writer Wendy Buonaventura has pioneered the development of Arabic dance as a theatre art in the West and her work has been featured at festivals throughout Europe and in the United States. Her last book, on the history of Arab women's dance, Serpent of the Nile, was chosen as The Observer Book of the Year.

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