Nisaa has been conducting pioneering research into the history and development of Egyptian belly dance. Her primary area of concentration is the transition from awalim and ghawazi dance styles to classical raqs sharqi at the turn of the 19th/20th centuries in Egypt. Since 2009, she has conducted in-depth examinations of primary textual, photographic, and pictorial evidence as well as on-site investigations in Cairo in order to advance knowledge of the dancers and performance venues of this period.
Many of the findings from Nisaa's research are detailed in the publications listed below. Additional publications will be posted as they become available.
"The Beginnings of the Bedleh: A Reconsideration of the Origins and History of the Egyptian Belly Dance Costume." In The Belly Dance Reader 2. Edited by the editors of GildedSerpent.com. Fairfax, California: Gilded Serpent, 2014. This volume is available for purchase here.