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.