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4.0 out of 5 stars Window into a hidden world, 11 Feb. 2014
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Amanda Jenkinson "MandyJ" (Cheltenham) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World (Paperback)
Author Shereen El Feki has written an informative, insightful and extremely readable account of sex in Arab society, a largely hidden and often misunderstood aspect of life in the Muslim world. The area is shrouded in mystery and secrecy and is inevitably a sensitive area to probe into. By using real contexts and situations, and by referring to sexuality in the region throughout history, this accessible sociological examination of all aspects of sexual attitudes and practices opens up a world rarely looked into before. Shereen El Feki met and talked to all sorts of women – young and old, married, single and divorced, housewives and career women, mothers and daughters. She met too with a similar range of men. She talked with people from all walks of life, rich and poor, doctors and academics, teachers and clerics. She presents the reader with a myriad of personal stories plus a range of official and unofficial information and statistics.
With an impressive bibliography, many pages of notes, and an accompanying website where people can not only find out more but contribute their own thoughts and experiences, this is a really ground-breaking book, timely, thoughtful, sometimes upsetting, sometimes humorous, and of considerable importance and relevance to those both in the east and their western counterparts.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A very interesting book about the Arab world, 24 Mar. 2014
This review is from: Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World (Paperback)
Arabs tend to be hypocritical about their sex life. Men rule; women have to defend themselves and are forced to marry men they don't want. Read 'Sold' if possible, I found it in French, or 'Magic Lobsters and Flying Tagines' full of witchcraft, poisons, wheeling and scheming and very funny!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Perspective, 14 Mar. 2014
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It was a great read and really got me thinking. Love the personalised quotes from her Grandmother :) Kind of like reading a long essay but it really gets you thinking
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent research and information was well written, grammatically correct and easy to read., 20 April 2014
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I would recommend this book to anyone seeking honest, up to date information on cuurent sexual practices in the Middle East.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 5 Aug. 2014
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An amazing insight into family, sex and cultural demands in Arab society, especially Egypt.
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