And did you live in Saudi Arabia after the 70s and are you Saudi? And are you a woman who would be in a position to see what goes on in fitness clubs there, or in beauty parlors for women, or the womens' side of the mosque?
I think that my best friend feels safe enough with me to tell me the truth of her life in Saudi Arabia. You have no idea of our history together and I resent you trying to imply that I am being told lies by my friend.
There are no venues for seeing belly dance in Saudi Arabia;no nightclubs, no theatres where it is presented, etc. If you choose to twist my words, go ahead. People belly dance in their own homes and at parties and they obviously are able to learn the dance at fitness clubs. If you choose not to believe it, then that's just fine, but don't come here on this forum and try to say that I don't know what I am talking about. Just because YOU did not see Soheir Zaki dance does not mean she did not. Just because YOU think people are "savagely punished" for dancing in Saudi Arabia does not mean it is the last word about it.
I have been a dancer for almost 33 years.... I am probably dancing longer than you have been on the planet. It is my passsion and my job to know what I am talking about in this field.
I am not a Muslim, I am not a Christian or a Hindi, etc. If you want to know my religion, I am a Panthiest who believes that there is not one thing that happens that is not from the mind and soul of God. However, this does not mean that I do not know anything about Islam or Christianity; only that I must dig a little deeper to get the answers about specific religions. Fortunately, my best friend is a Saudi Muslim and I have access to the knowledge and experience of Muslims from all over the world. I had dinner two nights ago in a restuarant that is owned by two Yemenis and a Jordanian. My companion was a Saudi. I feel free to ask any of them any relgious question.
I am not going to get into an argument with you here, unless you can back up your statements. I have proof on video that Soheir Zaki was dancing in 1990 and I trust my friend to tell me the truth. I am done responding unless you take a better tone.
being an egyptian means i live in a muslim community which also mean i know how muslim communities thinks and behave
may be there is levels of "islamization" in each muslim communities but still muslim community
your friend as a muslim -according to my face to face experiance with them since i born- will never expose reality of islam not because she is scared of you or the rest of muslims, but because she is "loyal" to islam
and islam says "eza bolaitom faestatero" or "if you did something wrong then hide it"
so she will hide how bellydancers in Saudi arabia treated to hide the unaccepted face of isalm
if you like her a lot this never mean she is honest, with all respect to you and her