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Index to Book-Related Information
On Middle Eastern Dance, Music, & Culture


Table of Contents



Articles About Books



Book Reviews

General Belly Dance Topics


Belly Dance History


Belly Dance Costuming

By Dawn Devine Brown

By Dina Lydia

By Other Authors

About Ethnic Attire

Sewing Advice


Culture from the Lands of Dance

Star Books marked with a star are Shira's top picks.

Middle Eastern & North African Culture

For Children

About the Gypsies

Myths & Ancient Times



How-To Books

These books focus on how to belly dance. See also the "Costuming" and "Music" sections for related how-to's.


On Being A Belly Dancer

Dance-related travels, gig anecdotes, and the belly dance sub-culture.


Middle Eastern Music

Sheet Music & Percussionist Guides

Song Translations

Music Instruction Books



Fiction About Belly Dancers or Set in the Near East

Romance Novels


Archeology & the Ancient Near East

Other Fiction


Children's Books




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