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The Dancing Girls of Lahore: Selling Love and Saving Dreams in Pakistan's Pleasure District (P.S.)

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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 the best of Mughal culture. The modern-day Bollywood aesthetic, with its love of gaudy spectacle, music, and dance, is their distant legacy. But the life of the pampered courtesan is not the one now being lived by Maha and her three girls. What they do is forbidden by Islam, though tolerated; but they are gandi, "unclean," and Maha's daughters, like her, are born into the business and will not leave it.

Sociologist Louise Brown spent four years in the most intimate study of the family life of a Lahori dancing girl. With beautiful understatement, she turns a novelist's eye on a true story that beggars the imagination. Maha, a classically trained dancer of exquisite grace, had her virginity sold to a powerful Arab sheikh at the age of twelve; when her own daughter Nena comes of age and Maha cannot bring in the money she once did, she faces a terrible decision as the agents of the sheikh come calling once more.

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Louise Brown is an academic at Birmingham University, England, and the author of several books on Asia. She frequently returns to Lahore, Pakistan.

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jmmushtaq, July 27, 2006 (view all comments by jmmushtaq)
Well its a great study about the dancing girls especially from Pakistan. I must say that one should read and study and thought serious about the rights of these girls. Any how Great job.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060740436
Author:
Brown, Louise
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Author:
by Louise Brown
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Human Sexuality
Subject:
Prostitution
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
General Social Science
Subject:
Women -- Pakistan -- Lahore -- Social conditions.
Subject:
Prostitution - Pakistan - Lahore
Subject:
Gender Studies-Womens Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20060731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
7.96x6.02x.81 in. .63 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Asia » Pakistan
History and Social Science » Ethnic Studies » General
History and Social Science » Gender Studies » Womens Studies
History and Social Science » Sociology » Islamic Studies
History and Social Science » World History » Asia » General

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