The Dangerous Lives of Public Performers

Dancing, Sex, and Entertainment in the Islamic World

  • Authors
  • Anthony Shay

About this book


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.


Performing arts sexuality and homosexuality masculinity dance ancient Greece ancient Rome Mughal Empire Ottoman Empire Iran Egypt India Central Asia art colonialism dancing empire Greece individual Islam Medieval Literature mediterranean Middle Ages Middle East patrons performance

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