With the new developments in the Arab world – the Arab spring and the new Islamization of the politics – how are the sexual mores and pressures bearing upon the women? Not well, avers Shereen El Feki, the author of the book – “Sex and the Citadel”
The Arab Spring may be sputtering. They’re still in the streets of Cairo, but lately it’s been for sectarian standoffs and, too often, the abuse in the streets of women. Sexual abuse.
Pay attention to that realm, says Shereen El Feki. The realm of sex and power. Michel Foucault described sexuality as a “dense transfer point for relations of power,” El Feki reminds us. And it’s as true in the Arab world as anywhere else. But often less seen.
In her new book, “Sex and the Citadel,” Shereen El Feki puts it right up front.
The New York Times “Ms. El Feki, who is of both Welsh and Egyptian descent, became drawn to her book’s subject matter while serving as vice chairwoman of the United Nations’ Global Commission on H.I.V. and the Law. She was knowledgeable and curious about sexuality, but how hard would she rock the casbah?”
The Economist “The Arab world today is widely criticised for its sexual intolerance. Women hide their charms under dark billows of fabric; girls have their genitals mutilated by elders determined to keep their desires in check; gay men are arrested and then raped by their jailers. Once upon a time things were different. The Prophet Muhammad urged his followers to satisfy their partners in the bedroom.”
Excerpt from the book: