40 Days & 1001 Nights
One Woman’s Dance Through Life in the Islamic World
By Tamalyn Dallal
Foreword by Morocco (Carolina Varga Dinicu)
Without agenda or expectation, American belly dancer and filmmaker Tamalyn Dallal sets out to live for forty days each in five extremely diverse Islamic cultures. First she finds herself in the tsunami-ravaged city of Banda Aceh, Indonesia, then she ventures deep into the Egyptian Sahara of Siwa Oasis. Next she follows a beautiful song to the forgotten island of Zanzibar, where sun and surf crash against a tumultuous past, before sojourning to Jordan, a peaceful kingdom and refugee haven. She ends her journey in China’s largest province, the predominantly Muslim Xinjiang Autonomous Region. Included is a sixteen-page full-color insert.
Tamalyn Dallal, one of the world’s most respected proponents of the art of belly dancing, has taught and performed in thirty-four countries and mentored thousands of dancers around the globe. The director of a nonprofit arts organization for sixteen years, she has produced numerous stage productions and dance festivals. She is the author of They Told Me I Couldn’t, a book about living and dancing in Colombia, and the instructional book Bellydancing for Fitness.
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