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Links & Available Resources

Link Categories

 

Costumes / Dance Apparel

www.dahlal.com

www.turquoiseintl.com

audrena.com/TheBellyDanceStore

www.sugarpetals.com

www.scheherezadeimports.com

www.decotach.com

www.bellydancewithk.com

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Event Pages

New York and Tri-State area Events:

www.bellydanceny.com

www.bellydancer.info

United States and Beyond

www.zaghareet.com

www.jareeda.com

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Middle Eastern Dance

Article - Naming The Dance:

www.amaradances.com

Article - Features of Arabic Dance:

www.raqsdance.demon.co.uk

Dance Styles of The Middle East and North Africa:

www.raqs.co.nz

Dance Styles & Instruments of Turkey:

www.tayyarakdenizdance.com

Article - Islam, Gender & Female Entertainment in Egypt:

www.research.umbc.edu

Article By The Great Dancers of Morocco:

www.casbahdance.org

Article - Ghawazee (Egyptian Dancers of Upper Egypt):

www.snakeskin.com

Article - Preserving Fold Dances:

www.filetron.com

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Middle East Educational

Arab Culture Primer for Travelers:

www.tradercity.com

Turkish Culture/Folklore (Including Music & Dance):

www.allaboutturkey.com

Amazigh/Berber Culture (North Africa):

www.libyamazigh.org

Libyan Culture:

www.libya-watanona.com

Center for Contemporary Arab Studies:

www.events.georgetown.edu/events

Saudi Arabia Culture:

www.saudiembassy.net

Middle East News:

www.aljadida.com

www.metimes.com

www.egypttoday.com

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Online Video Clips

Sayed-Eljoker; www.sayed-eljoker.com

Dina of Cairo, Egypt; www.orientaltunes.com

Dancer from 1904 (Princess Raja & Chair Dance;

www.memory.loc.gov

Jillina from California; www.jillina.com

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Middle Eastern Music

Song Translations

www.shira.net

www.joyofbellydancing.com

www.orientaldancer.net

www.arabic-lyrics.com

www.arabicsongtranslations/translations.html

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Listen & Download Music

www.arabicmusicdirect.com

www.classicalarabicmusic.com

www.maqam.com

www.oghnia.com

www.orientaltunes.com

www.radiotunis.com

www.maroc.net

www.6arabic.com

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Arabic Music Theory, History & Features

www.turath.org

www.haneen.com

www.maqamworld.com

www.classicalarabicmusic.com

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Other Fabulous Dancers

Sword & Scarab dance Troupe with Kalilah / Rochester, NY:

www.swordandscarab.com

Full Moon Tribal Dance Troupe with Chelle / Syracuse, NY:

www.fullmoontribalbellydance.homestead.com

Chandani Dance Troupe & June / Ithaca, NY:

www.moonlightdancer.com

Sira / NY, NY:

www.siradancer.com

Dameshe / NY, NY:

www.dameshe.com

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Nahara's Favorite Musicians

Zikrayat Ensemble (New York, NY):

www.zikrayatmusic.com

Cornell University Middle Eastern Music Ensemble (Ithaca, NY):

www.arts.cornell.edu/

Naser Musa (Los Angeles, California):

www.nasermusa.net/

Karim Nagi Mohammed (Boston, MA):

www.kmplimited.com/amc/

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Nahara's Library of Resources

All the following books I have read and found to be very informative and thought provoking. I will add more books as I finish them. Enjoy!

 

"The Belly Dance Book" Edited by Tazz Richards.

Compiled by a number of well respected dance scholars. Contains information on everything from the history of belly dance to costumes - make-up, use of props and aspects of a professional career.

 

"A Trade like Any Other: Female Singers and Dancers in Egypt" by Karin Van Nieuwkerk.

Discusses the apparent contradiction of performers in Egypt being simultaneously marginalized and adored by the public. Also, compares attitudes of the public toward dancing vs singing and how gender of the performer relates to those opinions.

 

"Baladi Women of Cairo" by Evelyn A. Early

relates cultural aspects of Baladi (traditional/un-westernized) women of urban Egypt.

 

"Looking for Little Egypt" by Donna Carlton

well researched book about the myth of a dancer named "Little Egypt" finding notoriety in America during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

 

"The Colonial Harem" by Malek Alloula

through its display of a vast collection of picture postcards of Algerian women produced by the French, this book brings to light the "denigrating effects of the French colonial presence on Algerian society.

 

"The Serpent and The Nile: Women and Dance in the Arab World" by Wendy Buonaventura

provides historical and cultural information as well as many wonderful images. Despite the historical /cultural information appearing to be based on speculation/author opinion in many cases I feel this book still has rich content and is a great collection of historical artwork related to this dance.

 

"Wombs and Alien Spirits: Women, Men and the zar cult of Northern Sudan" by Janice Boddy

a cultural anthropological work on this healing ritual as practiced by Muslim-Arabic speaking Sudanese people. Provides detailed insight into rural culture of Arabic speaking Sudanese.

 

"The Rashaayda Bedouin: Arab Pastoralists of Eastern Sudan" by William Young

a very good and detailed cultural anthropologic work on nomadic Bedouin culture. Providesthe rare opportunity to see a picture of an Arab woman dancing with a sword during a wedding celebration.

 

"Imazighen: The vanishing Traditions of Berber Women"

by Margaret Courtney-Clarke and Geraldine Brooks presents aspects of Berber culture/landscape and functional arts (pottery, weaving).

 

"Shahhat: An Egyptian" by Richard Critchfield

a cultural anthropolic work which discusses the life a man from the Sa'id of Egypt (upper Egypt).

 

"Valide" by Barbara Chase-Riboud

a well researched historical novel about Harem life in the Topkapi castle during Ottoman reign. Provides great insight into what real harem life was like: scandal, murder, personal sacrifice and isolation.

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