The Dangerous Lives of Public Performers

Dancing, Sex, and Entertainment in the Islamic World

Authors: Shay, A.

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Examining performers from the ancient Mediterranean world to the modern Islamic Middle East, including India and Pakistan, Shay explores the careers, artistic performances, and legacies of these individuals who were forced to produce entertainment and art for, and have sex with, any and all patrons.

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Anthony Shay is Associate Professor of Dance at Pomona College, USA.

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"The Dangerous Lives of Public Performers provides valuable insights into the complex history of what we think of as the Islamic/Middle Eastern world. It shows, for instance, that there was a great deal of continuity between ancient Greece and Rome with the values and practices that developed in this part of the world. Shay presents a fascinating foil to what we know in the field of dance studies about the history of dance in the West from the same Greek and Roman roots through Western Europe to contemporary dance in Europe and North America. He also illuminates intriguing differences with Western ideas regarding masculinity by examining such things as the role of hospitality, expression of emotion, and practice of bisexuality in certain time periods and places." - Naomi Jackson, Associate Professor, Arizona State University, USA


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Shay, Anthony

    Pages 1-20

  • The Public Entertainer

    Shay, Anthony

    Pages 21-38

  • The Contours of Masculinity and Public Entertainers in Ancient Greece

    Shay, Anthony

    Pages 39-64

  • The Contours of Masculinity and the Public Entertainer in Rome, Hellenistic Greece, and Byzantium

    Shay, Anthony

    Pages 65-91

  • Medieval Islam: The Caliphate in Damascus, Baghdad, Córdoba, Cairo, and Beyond

    Shay, Anthony

    Pages 93-132

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Dangerous Lives of Public Performers
Book Subtitle
Dancing, Sex, and Entertainment in the Islamic World
Authors
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-43238-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137432384
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-43360-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-49268-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 291
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