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Index to Cultural Information on

the Lands Belly Dance Comes From


Table of Contents



The Near East Today

The Arabic Language


Resources for Learning Arabic



Hind Rostom


Other Cultural Notes




There are nearly 300 items (articles, song translations, etc.) on this web site related to Middle Eastern music. Click here to access the Index to Music Articles.


Book & Video Reviews Related to
The Near East Today

Documentary Videos About Culture

Movies from the Arab World




History of the Near East

Turkish Dervishes


Book Reviews on Near Eastern History



The Ancient Near East

The Three Musicians


Book Reviews Related to the Ancient Near East




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