Edwina Nearing

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Edwina Nearing

Orientalist and journalist Edwina Nearing majored in Near-Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the, American University of Beirut. Past Middle Eastern Affairs Editor for Habibi Magazine, she wrote the book-Iength series, "The Mystery of the Ghawazi," for that publication. She is licensed by the Egyptian government as a folkloric dancer, and has performed with the Banat Mazin, Ghawazi as a member of their ensemble off and on since 1979.

Articles on Gilded Serpent by or about Edwina Nearing

  • Sohayr Zaki, The People's Dancer
    "When Sohayr Zaki Jumped in Front of President Nixon, American Security Men Moved In," ran the title of the June 1974 article in Al-Shabaka. The popular Middle Eastern magazine continues...
  • Nagwa Sultan: Cairo Soul
    Like a number of other Egyptian dancers who retired in the early ‘90s, Nagwa couldn't turn her back on the dance world entirely, however tarnished the glitter had become.

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Edwina Nearing on her Arabian stallion
Edwina Nearing on her Arabian stallion, "Horse," in Wadi Rumm, Jordan, 1987. Nearing explains that the unhappy expression on her face is due to her awareness that a storm is approaching, that she is riding straight into it, and that she has otherwise no clear idea where she is going. "Horse" had been tentatively named Al-Amin ("The Faithful") but, having tried to lie down in the sand and roll on his rider, was subsequently demoted.

Nearing in the ancient ruins of Palmyra (Tadmor), Syria
Nearing in the ancient ruins of Palmyra (Tadmor), Syria, mid-1980s, at the annual Tadmor Folklore Festival

Nearing in Rajasthan, India, 2003
Nearing (lost again) in Rajasthan, India, 2003