Baraka Dance


Literature Recommendations

Literature (alphebetized by title):

Islamic Art and Architecture


Auto-Biographies/Biographical Novels
Dance History
Dance Studies/Ethnographies
Women's Studies

Auto-Biographies/Biographical Novels

  • Daughter of Persia: A Woman's Journey from Her Father's Harem Through the Islamic Revolution
    Farman, Sattareh Farmaian. New York: Anchor Books, 1992.
  • Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia
    Sasson, Jean. New York: William Morrow and Company, 1992.
  • Princess Sultana's Circle
    Sasson, Jean. Van Nuys: Windsor-Brooke Books, 2002.
  • Princess Sultana's Daughter
    Sasson, Jean. New York: Dell Publishing, 1995.
  • Stolen Lives: Twenty Years in a Desert Jail
    Oufkir, Malika and Michele Fitoussi. New York: Hyperion, 1999.

Dance History

  • The Dance in Ancient Greeece
    Lawlwer, Lillian B. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 1964.
  • Looking for Little Egypt
    Carlton, Donna. Bloomington: IDD Books, 1994.
  • Serpent of the Nile
    Buonaventura, Wendy. New York: Interlink Books, 1998.
  • Time and the Dancing Image
    Jowitt, Deborah. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988.

Dance Studies/Ethnographies

  • Choreographic Politics: State Fold Dance Companies, Representation, and Power
    Shay, Anthony. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 2002.
  • Choreophobia: Solo Improvised Dance in the Iranian World
    Shay, Anthony. Costa Mesa: Mazda Publishers, 1999.
  • Dance and the Body Politic in Northern Greece
    Cowan, Jane K. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990.


  • Bury Me Standing: The Gypsies and Their Journey
    Fonseca, Isabel. New York: Vintage Departures, 1995.
  • Guests of the Sheik: An Ethnography of an Iraqi Village
    Fernea, Elizabeth Warnock. Nre York: Anchor Books, 1965.
  • Peoples and Cultures of the Middle East
    Bates, Daniel and Amal Rassam. Englewood Cliffs: Printice-Hall, 1983.
  • A Street in Marrakech
    Fernea, Elizabeth Warnock. Garden City: Anchor Books, 1980.
  • A Trade Like Any Other: Female Singers and Dancers in Egypt
    Van Nieuwkerk, Karin. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1995.
  • Women of Deh Koh: Lives in an Iranian Village
    Friedl, Erika. New York: Penguin Books, 1991.
  • Writing Women's Worlds: Bedouin Stories
    Abu-Lughod, Lila. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.
  • Veiled Sentiments: Honor and Poetry in a Bedouin Society
    Abu-Lughod, Lila. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1986.


  • A History of Medieval Spain
    O'Callaghan, Joseph F. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1975.
  • Lord of Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire
    Goodwin, Jason. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1999.
  • A Middle East Mosaic: Fragments of Life, Letters and History
    Lewis, Bernard. New York: The Modern Library, 2001.
  • The Muslim Discovery of Europe
    Lewis, Bernard. New York: W.W.Norton & Company, 2001.
  • What Went Wrong?: Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response
    Lewis, Bernard. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Women in the Medieval Islamic World: Power, Patronage, and Piety
    Hambly, Gavin ed. New York: St. Marin's Press, 1999.

Women's Studies

  • Woman's Body, Woman's Word: Gender and Discourse in Arabo-Islamic Writing
    Malti-Douglas, Fedwa. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1991.
  • Women in Islam
    Walther, Wiebke. Princeton: Markus Wiener Publishers, 1999.
  • Women in the Medieval Islamic World: Power, Patronage, and Piety
    Hambly, Gavin ed. New York: St. Marin's Press, 1999.

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  • The Book of The Thousand Nights and One Night
    Burton, Richard F. (Translator and Annotator). New York: Heritage Press, 1962.
  • The Red Tent
    Diamant, Anita. New York: Picador USA, 1997.
  • Skinny Legs and All
    Robbins, Tom. New York: Bantam Books, 1990.

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Islamic Art and Architecture

  • The Art and Architecture of Islam: 650-1250
    Ettinghausen, Richard and Oleg Grabar. New York: Penguin Books, 1991.
  • Islamic Ornament
    Baer, Eva. Washington Square: New York University Press, 1998.

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