Rereading “I killed Scherezade” by Joumana Haddad
Contradictory and thought provoking. Not an exceptional book, by any standard, but one that may interest Egyptian Dance, and Culture, lovers.
It´s funny how so called professionals of Egyptian Dance – or bellydance, as people still insist on calling it – often presume they don´t need to understand the culture behind the dance they claim to represent. I disagree with that 1000%. Not only did I study, and built a career, in Egypt, as well as having performed in other Middle Eastern countries; not only did I learn Arabic and experienced the culture from within – in my personal and professional life -, but I keep studying, reviewing, reading, researching. I feel I´ve just lifted a tiny part of the veil and I want to keep lifting, hoping to get closer to the truth. If there´s such a thing as (Universal) Truth.
Our view of the world depends on our personal experience, the way life shapes us. My interpretation of this book is no exception. I bring all my interactions with Middle Eastern men, and women, to the table when I read it. We cannot escape ourselves.
I´d love to hear about YOUR perspective on the subject: where do Middle Eastern Women stand nowadays? Are they liberated or still bound by a violent, possessive, castrating Patriarchal, Muslim oriented mentality? Most important than that: where do all women stand nowadays? Are we truly free from society´s limiting laws and pressures?