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Cairo Papers Vol. 32, No. 3

Noha Roushdy 

An examination of the cultural meanings of “belly dance” in Egypt

Considering the paradoxical position of al-raqs al-baladi or “belly dance” in Egyptian social life, as both a vibrant and a contested cultural form, this issue of Cairo Papers in Social Science considers the impact of wider socio-cultural and political forces on the marginalization of professional performers, on the one hand, and in defining the parameters for non-professional performances on the other hand...

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