Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World Paperback – 23 Jan 2014
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"Important, brave and necessary" (Naomi Wolf)
"Remarkable... Sex and the Citadel should be celebrated - not least for freeing voices silenced by a mixture of taboo and political repression. It provides crucial oxygen for discussions that will need more airing in the long, conflicted years ahead" (Rachel Halliburton Independent on Sunday)
"Compelling, revelatory... No one can be sure where the Arab awakening will lead now -- towards fiercer sexual controls or a slight relaxing of them. The one thing El Feki is sure of is that there will be no seismic shifts. This will be evolution, not revolution" (Jenni Russell Sunday Times (Culture))
"Fascinating" (Daisy Goodwin Mail on Sunday)
"Frequently eye-popping… The stories emphasise just how bewildering the issue of sex has become across the Middle East" (Nicholas Blincoe Daily Telegraph)
Longlisted for the Guardian first book award, this is a fascinating, groundbreaking look at sexual attitudes and behaviours in the Arab world, against the backdrop of this decade’s popular uprisingsSee all Product Description
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One of her conclusions is that an authoritarian and patriarch social or family system normally leads to closed society in expressing sexuality. She referred to earlier Muslim ( Abasiate Muslim rule) culture as a culture that was open on sexuality and sex, but we all know that Islamic Abasiate rule was authoraterian and patriarch, so how come that such Islamic authoraterian and patriarchical had the capacity to be open about sex and sexuality! I think the writer has confused the sexual exploitation of women and men's obsession with sex and sexual pleasures during the Muslim Abasiate rule as a healthy sexual openness. Again the writer confuses the spread of pedophilia and having sex with young men during the Muslim Abasiate rule with openness of homosexuality at that time. It is well known fact that when sex with female is prohibited and a taboo in a given society men resort to pedophilia and having sex with young men.
Investigation of this topic should involve exploring a question such as why does authoraterian and patariach social set up lead to a sexually closed societies?Read more ›
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.
I started reading it and thought "This is not telling me anything new. I've read it all before." However, after I read the chapter on FGM, the book became more fascinating and bold, creating a thought provoking and easy to read account of the sex lives of the indigenous population in the Arab world. It's not a warts and all account nor is it patronising in it's delivery. You read about real people, those in love, those who have experienced abuse, activists, educators, religious leaders and a whole array of individuals either fighting oppression and wanting acceptance and change or those who are entrenched in culture ruled by the patriarchs. Shereen delves deep into the minds of the older generations whilst maintaining a mutual respect and rapport with the young people she comes across. At the same time, she shares her personal experiences and anecdotes. This book covers many issues which are deemed taboo in Islam but this comes across in a very informative and educational manner. Topics such as FGM, lgbt, sex tourism, arranged/forced marriages, prostitution are frankly discussed and not dismissed as a tick box. It provides the oft neglected female perspective which is refreshingly neutral, and concludes that what the Arab/Muslim world needs is to change it's outlook on sex, sexuality, gender identity and orientation through education, funding, a revolution (set against the backdrop of the Arab Spring it's not surprising) and re-evaluation of what it means to be Muslim. The books main core is to have acceptance of others as well as self. We'll never have progress if we keep reverting and looking back at corrupted hadiths and bowing down to all forms of suppression. Highly recommended!
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Great read although a little hard going at times. As a westerner living in the UAE it had some great insightsPublished 8 months ago by Lucyj
A fairly extensive review of attitudes toward sex, divorce and related values in the Arab world and especially in Egypt. Read morePublished 9 months ago by CHRISTODOULOS
An amazing insight into family, sex and cultural demands in Arab society, especially Egypt.Published on 5 Aug. 2014 by Janet
I would recommend this book to anyone seeking honest, up to date information on cuurent sexual practices in the Middle East.Published on 20 April 2014 by Nefertari
Really great introduction to the topic of sex and sexuality in the Arab world. Very clear and articulate in it's wording and it explores the topics at hand without managing to... Read morePublished on 4 April 2014 by Sarah
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 thinkingPublished on 14 Mar. 2014 by Chantelle
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