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Shereen El Feki

Sex and the Citadel : Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World

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A fascinating, groundbreaking look at changing sexual attitudes and behavior in the Arab world, by a leading expert on social practices in the region. This highly personal account, rich with original research and first-person stories, gives unprecedented and timely insight into a part of the world that is being transformed before the world's eyes.

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A fascinating, groundbreaking look at changing sexual attitudes and behavior in the Arab world, by a leading expert on social practices in the region. This highly personal account, rich with original research and first-person stories, gives unprecedented and timely insight into a part of the world that is being transformed before the world's eyes.Publishers Weekly,When it comes to sexuality," El Feki writes, "the Arab world can seem like a citadel." For her assault upon that fortress, she mobilizes medical expertise, reportorial skills, and personal experience as a Cairo-based journalist (currently vice-chair of the U.N.'s Global Commission on HIV and Law) and the daughter of an Egyptian father. It's all here: matchmaking, diverse forms of marriage ("official," "unofficial," "summer"), anal sex, oral sex, sexual positions, sexual dysfunction, impotence, infertility, domestic violence, virginity (testing, proving, losing, restoring), female genital mutilation, abortion, illegitimacy, sex education, prostitution, "legal sex work," and LGBT issues. In linking young Middle Easterners making "rebellion against the head of state and openly defying the heads of their families," she makes a case for "sexuality [as] a mirror of the conditions that led to [the] uprisings." "Not an academic tome, nor a slice of Arab exotica," El Feki warns, as she dips into history (Flaubert's travels, al-Katib's thousand-year-old Encyclopedia of Pleasure), talks with diverse contemporaries (beauty parlor owner, female genital mutilation practitioner, herbalist, sex therapist, lawyer, talk show host), and bits of family history. Though El Feki's breadth and detail is wearying, she delivers a clear wakeup call: "The Arab region began this decade with a political big bang; how that will shape, and in turn be shaped by, sexual life is an open question." Agent: Toby Eady, Toby Eady Associates, U.K. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Publisher
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Book Format
Hardcover
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
368
Author
Shereen El Feki
Title
Sex and the Citadel
ISBN-13
9780307377395
Height
3.302
Publication Date
March, 2013
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.52 x 6.46 x 1.35 Inches
ISBN-10
0307377393

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A good survey of how E...

A good survey of how Egyptians, Tunisians and Moroccans view sex and sexuality (marriage, singletons, prostitution, sex ed and LGTB rights). Most material centered around Egypt and how the recent uprising affected views on sexuality with interviews serving as the primary source. Overall very enjoyable with the basic thesis bring that until equal rights (mundane and sexual) can be achieved for Egyptian and Arabian women, LGTB rights remain underground.

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