After recounting her own childhood and coming of age in the Arab world, Al-Rawi reviews the history of women's dancing and reflects on the individual movements used in this ancient art form. In a section titled "Variations and Rituals," she describes nine different dances (e.g., the Wedding Dance, the Birth Dance) and sets them in context. Photographs evoke the mood of each dance, suggesting a general impression rather than step-by-step instruction. The narrative, however, supplies enough detail that the interested reader may wish to try a dance. Throughout, Al-Rawi relates movement to ideas and art to philosophy so that, in her words, "belly dancing becomes a source of inspiration, a means of collecting and strengthening oneself, and a clear and dynamic way of discovering...and understanding oneself." An interesting glimpse into a culture, an art form, and a means for women's healing and self-expression; suitable for most circulating collections, especially those whose readers are interested in Arab culture, dance, and women's studies.ACarolyn M. Mulac, Chicago P.L.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Love this. The review of dances. If you are interested in Belly Dance and the women of the middle east then this book is it!Published on Feb. 20 2011 by soulsurfer
I got this book because I have been belly dancing for over 10 years and wanted to learn more about the history and background behind the dance. This book did not disapoint! Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by Anya
As one who has been making dance costumes for years and now (at 50) starting to learn the American Tribal Style of dance, I must say.....I found this book exceptional ... Read morePublished on April 10 2004 by J. Zacharias
For me it was, anyway. This writer provides a glimpse into a culture I can never fully relate to, but more important than that she shows me the things I CAN relate to and cherish... Read morePublished on June 26 2003
Hummmmm...I liked having this book on my bookshelf more than I liked reading it.
It's less a book about belly dancing than it is a meandering journal of a woman's... Read more
THIS IS A GOOD BOOK TO LEARN THE MEANING BEHIND AUTHENTIC DANCES, AND HOW TO DO THEM. THIS BOOK GIVES A LOT OF CULTURE NEEDED TO UNDERSTAND WHY BELLYDANCING IS WHAT IT IS.Published on April 15 2003 by "tallnsweet01"
I am really disappointed with this book as it is not at all what I thought it would be. Instead of a view which the title conjured up (that of things bellydance related passed... Read morePublished on March 5 2003 by Audra
This book is a mile stone among belly dance books. It uncloses the essence of belly dancing to us Westerners who are learning the dance in a very non-oriental way: in dance studios... Read morePublished on March 2 2003 by "rlsusanne"
I was child abused many years ago, and therefore split off
from myself quite profoundly. Years of therapy have helped me
heal and get back to me and my feelings. Read more