In the political unrest that has swept across the Arab region in , all eyes have been on the streets and squares erupting in protest. But for the past four years, Shereen El Feki has been looking at upheaval a little closer to home - in the sexual lives of men and women across the Arab world. The result is Sex and the Citadel, an informative, insightful and engaging account of a highly sensitive and still largely secret aspect of Arab society. Sex might seem a strange lens with which to examine change in the Arab world; it is, in fact, a prism with which to refract the region's complex social spectrum.
In the Arab Bedroom: The Sex Life of Arabs
Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World
From pregnant virgins to desperate housewives, from fearless activists to religious firebrands, this title takes a fresh look at the sexual history of the Arab region and gives us an insight into everyday lives in a part of the world that is changing in front of our very eyes. Please allow us hours to prepare your order. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, delivery times can vary, we aim to keep you updated if delivery time is longer than expected. We are happy to provide a refund or voucher of equal value where the goods are returned within 21 days of purchase unused, in original condition, accompanied by proof of purchase.
Talking about sex no longer so taboo in the Arab world
El Feki enlightened the audience to a surprising history lesson of sex in the Arab region:. But if we go back a millennium, the criticism of Arab cultures and Islamic culture was that it was too sexed up. My message in the book is that when Arabs were at the height of their civilisation; their political, economical and social power, they were at ease in their sexual skin. And that is not a coincidence. Explaining why she decided to address this issue, El Feki revealed the darker side to her project:.
The initial hypothesis of the researchers was that the different languages and the different readership of these magazines would be major factors accounting for possible differences. Fifteen articles from the relationship advice sections of each magazine were selected for this study. Both semantic and latent approaches were used in the analysis of themes in order to analyse not just what is foregrounded by these texts but also what is backgrounded or omitted. However, there are some subtle differences in how these themes are expressed in the magazines. This fact clearly illustrates the need for a more nuanced discussion on gender and sexuality in the Middle East in order to minimise the perpetuation of stereotypical constructs of Arab women.