Our archives provide scholarly insight on the historical and social background of Raqs Sharqi, and the indigenous dances of the Middle East and North Africa. The following list is extensive, but not exhaustive. Because the contents of this website is copyrighted, controlled, and owned by TORKOMADA, Inc., no permission is granted to anyone to print, copy, reproduce, distribute, transmit, store, display in public, alter, or modify any materials, including but not limited to articles, documents, videos, icons, or images, published by Torkom Movsesiyan or TORKOMADA, Inc.
Adra, N. “Middle East: Overview.” International Encyclopedia of Dance, no. 4 (1998): 402-
Keft-Kennedy, V. (2005). Representing the Belly-Dancing Body: Feminism, Orientalism,
and Grotesque. ( Doctoral dissertation). University of Wollongong, Australia.
Moe, A. (2012). Beyond the belly: An appraisal of Middle Eastern Dance (aka belly dance) as
leisure. Sociology Faculty Publications, 1-32.
Movsesiyan, T. (2014, May). Raqs Sharqi: an important but neglected component of
Egyptian culture. Chynna Girl Magazine, 14-17. Retrieved from
Movsesiyan, T. (2014, June). Westernization and Modernization of Raqs Sharqi. Chynna Girl
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Saleh, M. (Director). (1979). Egypt dances [Motion Picture]. Cairo, Egypt: Ministry of Culture.