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Reviews of
Books on the History of Belly Dance


The books in this category provide information about the history of raqs sharqi (belly dance) and other Near Eastern dances.



Books Focused Entirely on
Raqs Sharqi History

A book marked with a Star indicates a top recommendation.

Star A Trade Like Any Other. By Karin Van Nieuwkerk. A Trade Like Any Other
Ancient Egyptian Dances. By Irena Lexova. Ancient Egyptian Dance
Bellydance: The Birth Magic Ritual from Cave to Cult to Cabaret. By Jamila Salimpour. Cave to Cult to Cabaret
Star Looking for Little Egypt. By Donna Carlton. Looking for Little Egypt
Serpent of the Nile. By Wendy Buonaventura. Refers to the original 1989 edition. Serpent of the Nile



Books on Other Topics with
Chapters / Sections on Raqs Sharqi History

Star Sacred Woman, Sacred Dance. By Iris J. Stewart. Sacred Woman Sacred Dance
Star The Belly Dance Book: Rediscovering the Oldest Dance. Edited by Tazz Richards.
The Belly Dance Book Cover

North America title:

Grandmother's Secrets: The Ancient Rituals and Healing Power of Belly Dancing. By Rosina Fawzia al-Rawi.

U.K. title:

Belly Dancing: Unlock the Secret Power of an Ancient Dance. By Rosina Fawzia al-Rawi.

German-language title:

Der Ruf der GroƟmutter: Oder die Lehre des wilden Bauches. By Rosina Fawzia al-Rawi.

Grandmother's Secrets

Unlock the Power

Ruh Der Grossmutter

The Tribal Bible: Exploring the Phenomenon That Is American Tribal Style Bellydance. (2003 Edition). By Kajira Djoumahna. The Tribal Bible Cover
The Tribal Bible: or "What the Heck IS American Tribal Style Bellydance, Anyway?". (1999 Edition). By Kajira Djoumahna. The Tribal Bible Cover




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