Belly Dance, Pilgrimage and Identity, Hardback Book

Belly Dance, Pilgrimage and Identity Hardback


This book examines the globalization of belly dance and the distinct dancing communities that have evolved from it.

The history of belly dance has taken place within the global flow of sojourners, immigrants, entrepreneurs, and tourists from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century.

In some cases, the dance is transferred to new communities within the gender normative structure of its original location in North Africa and the Middle East.

Belly dance also has become part of popular culture's Orientalist infused discourse.

The consequence of this discourse has been a global revision of the solo dances of North Africa and the Middle East into new genres that are still part of the larger belly dance community but are distinct in form and meaning from the dance as practiced within communities in North Africa and the Middle East.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 170 pages, 14 Illustrations, black and white; XI, 170 p. 14 illus.
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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  • Category: Dance
  • ISBN: 9781349949533

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