Bibliography: Body Art

Selected Bibliography for Body Arts in the Gulf


Desert, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Outside Abu Dhabi, UAE

I am working on an ongoing research project covering the interrelated uses of henna, khidab, kohl, and other traditional cosmetics, such as turmeric and indigo, in the Arabian peninsula. I’m also interested in the traditional uses of herbs and flowers for personal adornment. My current research is focused on Yemen and Oman, but I am planning to expand it to cover other areas as well.

If you are interested in learning about these topics, too, here are some resources to start with:

Aithie, Charles and Patricia. Yemen: Jewel of Arabia. Stacey International: Dubai, 2001.

Al-Qadhi, Mohammed. “Yemen: Freedom flower ‘has withered away.’” Forward. August 13, 2008. March 2011.

Al-Sakkaf, Nadia. “Yemen’s flora: Basil, mentioned in the Quran.” Yemen Times. Sana’a. October 18, 2010.

Balfour-Paul, Jenny. Indigo in the Arab World. Surrey: Curzon, 1997.

Field, Henry. Body-marking in Southwestern Asia. Cambridge, MA: The Peabody Museum, 1958.

Marechaux, Maria and Pascal. Arabian Moons: Passages in Time through Yemen. Concept Media: Singapore, 1987.

Marechaux, Marie and Pascal. Impressions of Yemen. Flammarion: Paris, 1997.

Meneley, Anne. Tournaments of Value: Sociability and Hierarchy in a Yemeni Town. Toronto, Buffalo: University of Toronto Press, 1996.

Shadad, Nisreen. “Al-Mashaqir and the Status of Women in Folklore.” Yemen Times. July 28, 2008. March 2011.

Sharaby, Rachel. “The bride’s henna ritual: symbols, meanings, and changes.” Nashim: A Journal of Jewish Women’s Studies and Gender Issues. March 22, 2006.

جولة مصورة في اليمن” (Virtual Tour In Yemen). RIA Novosti News Agency. August 2007. March 2011.

Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, UAE

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