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Maha, die Tänzerin meine Reise in die Welt eines orientalischen Rotlichtviertels
The dancing girls of Lahore inhabit the Diamond Market in the shadow of a great mosque. The twenty-first century goes on outside the walls of this ancient quarter but scarcely registers within. Though their trade can be described with accuracy as prostitution, the dancing girls have an illustrious history: Beloved by emperors and nawabs, their sophisticated art encompassed...more
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This book wasn't what I thought it was going to be - an academic's study on the sex trade in Lahore. All the time I keep hoping the book will get to the nitty-gritty, it never does and it is explained in the afterword that the author does intend to write the sociological book the title implies 'at some point'. In the afterword!
The book is about the time the author spent living with a particular 'danci ...more
This book attracted me because I am very interested in various forms of ethnic dance and the social positions of professional dancers in different societies. I spent many years of my life studying Egyptian style “Raqs Sharqi”, or what is here referred to as “belly” dance. I lived and even worked for a while as a dancer in Egypt and know first hand that dance has a very ambivalent position in the Middle East. On the one hand, almost everyone there dances. In the “old days” before the society got ...more
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Louise Brown’s “The dancing girls of Lahore” is an insight of the life in the Shahi Mohalla and Tibbi Gali of Lahore, also famously known as the Heera Mandi of Lahore – famous for being home to Lahore’s courtesans.
A while back I read a similar book about Lahore’s Red Light District by Fouzia Saeed titled “Taboo”. Although “Taboo” was more involved in the study of how the H ...more
It's not a critical analysis of the human sex trafficking phenomenon of Heera Mandi. It's only a collection of stories focusing, particularly, on one family in the busin ...more
I actually "finished" reading this book in 2008 (according to the "date I finished this book" that was saved here), but back then I actually had not. I'd stopped without reading the last couple of chapters, and decided that I didn't really like it. I can't remember exactly why, but I think it became too difficult, and maybe a bi ...more
Its been some time since I read this book.But it still remain fresh in my mind.Its a sordid world the author presents,with young girls who become prostitutes,sometimes even guided into the world by their own mothers.Seems there is a tradition of that sort of thing in Pakistan More about that here
Womens emancipation has come a long way since we got the vote. That is in the western world. But if you are poor and female in that part of the world...things arent so great.
The author debates with h ...more
Heera Mandi once famous for its artistic aura of courtesans known purely for their dancing and singing skills has now been reduced to a commercial sex factory. A similar fate experienced by the courtesans of Lucknow (India) and the Geishas of Japan.
Brown’s protagonist Maha who is at the dusk of her career (prostitu ...more
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Brown focuses much of her attention on Maha and family, an agi ...more
This documentary-style book opens dingy windows into the shady life of the women in a neighborhood of Lahore, Pakistan who earn their living wit ...more
Louise Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Asian Studies at the University of Birmingham, England, and the author of several books on Asia, the sex industry, and sexuality and gender issues. She has lived and worked in Asia, including spending two years in Kathmandu, Nepal.