Sex and the Citadel

  • October 19, 2013 · 10:30 AM
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If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms. As political change sweeps the streets and squares, parliaments and presidential palaces of the Arab world, Shereen El Feki has been looking at upheaval a little closer to home - in the sexual lives of men and women in Egypt and across the region. The result is an informative, insightful and engaging account of a highly sensitive, and still largely secret, aspect of Arab society. Sex is entwined in religion, tradition, politics, economics and culture, so it makes the perfect lens for examining the region's complex social landscape. From pregnant virgins to desperate housewives, from fearless activists to religious firebrands, "Sex and the Citadel" takes a fresh look at the sexual history of the Arab region, and brings new voices to the debate over its future. This is no peep show or academic treatise. "Sex and the Citadel" is a highly personal, often humorous, account of one woman's journey to better understand Arab society at its most intimate, and in the process, better understand her own origins. Rich with five years of groundbreaking research, "Sex and the Citadel" gives us unique and timely insight into everyday lives in a part of the world that is changing in front of our very eyes.

This book won the October/November poll and can be purchased from here.

Kaatje suggested the book and so although I have suggested a date and time, I have yet to name the venue.  Both may change, although remain in October, if you RSVP before this is confirmed, you will receive an email with the updated information.

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  • Jessie H.

    Dear Elnaz,I will be in touch very soon.

    October 28

  • Jessie H.

    The possibility of discussing diverse opinions with respect and understanding for each other without the fear of being judged and persecuted...That is what makes a democracy so wonderful.So privileged to be among the company of such wise,erudite and fun ladies.Nice venueThank you Kaatje for your organisation and thank you all for your contribution.

    1 · October 19, 2013

    • Elnaz A.

      Hi Jessie. Hope you're well. Have you had a chance to look for the tutors number?

      October 27

  • Elnaz A.

    Hi,
    It was lovely to see all of you. I hope that you enjoyed the enthusiastic discussions :) I hope that everyone felt they had the opportunity to express their opinions.
    Looking forward to seeing you all again.

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Elnaz A.

    I am running a little late, the bus stop was closed so I have to change my route, but I'm on my way

    October 19, 2013

    • kaatje l.

      No problem,see you when you get here! The reservation is under my name so if you let the staff know they will point you to the right table :)

      October 19, 2013

    • Elnaz A.

      Thank you

      October 19, 2013

  • Elnaz A.

    So to confirm the time is 10:30?

    October 17, 2013

    • kaatje l.

      That's correct, sorry about the confusion and I look forward to meeting you!

      October 17, 2013

    • Elnaz A.

      See you tomorrow :)

      1 · October 18, 2013

  • kaatje l.

    Sorry to cause confusion about the time, I just noticed all the emails did say 10.30. The Meet-Up app must be displaying 11.30 instead of 10.30 because I'm in Florence at the moment.
    Look forward to seeing/meeting you all on Saturday!
    Best wishes,
    Kaatje

    October 17, 2013

  • kaatje l.

    Hi everyone,
    I hope you're all well!
    I just noticed the page says this meet up is at 11.30. I'm afraid this is a mistake and it was meant to be 10.30, hope you can all make this?
    If you need to contact me on the day my number is[masked]
    Best wishes,
    Kaatje

    October 17, 2013

  • kaatje l.

    Video interview with the writer on the Guardian:

    http://www.theguardian.com/comm...­

    September 20, 2013

  • kaatje l.

    Hi everyone, I've just reserved a table at the Dishroom in Covent Garden http://www.dishoom.com/covent-g...­
    Address as above, see you soon!

    1 · August 26, 2013

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