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. Nisaa also provides insider access to her research via Patreon.
"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.
Egyptian Belly Dance in Transition: The Raqs Sharqi Revolution, 1890-1930. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Company, Inc., 2018.
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Nisaa's research is ongoing, and she periodically finds additions or amendments to information in Egyptian Belly Dance in Transition. To make these additions and amendments transparent and accessible, Nisaa is maintaining a list of errata for Egyptian Belly Dance in Transition here. Click here to view the list of errata.
An important note from Nisaa about knowledge and research!
Please remember, knowledge is not static. I am constantly conducting research, and the research constantly brings additions and amendments to my prior understandings. Remember that my work - writings, lectures, etc. - represent my knowledge and understanding at a specific point in time based on my research up till that date. Please don't view any of my work as the last word on any of these subjects!