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'Important, brave and necessary' Naomi Wolf

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 and tradition, politics and economics, gender and generations, 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 from Egypt to Saudi Arabia, Tunisia to Qatar, 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.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1315 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (7 Mar. 2013)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701183160
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701183165
  • ASIN: B00BFTSZK2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Window into a hidden world

5 people found this helpful.
 on 11 February 2014
By Amanda Jenkinson
Author Shereen El Feki has written an informative, insightful and extremely readable account of sex in Arab society, a largely hidden and often misunderstood aspect of life in the Muslim world. The area is shrouded in mystery and secrecy and is inevitably a sensitive area to probe into. By using real contexts and situations, and by referring to sexuality in the region throughout history, this accessible sociological examination of all aspects of sexual attitudes and practices opens up a world rarely looked into before. Shereen El Feki met and talked to all sorts of women – young and old, married, single and divorced, housewives and career women, mothers and daughters. She met too with a similar range of men. She talked with people from all walks of life, rich and poor, doctors and academics, teachers and clerics. She presents the reader with a myriad of personal stories plus a range of official and unofficial information and statistics.

Sex and the Citadel by Shereen El Feki was recommended to me by the author herself at The Unbreakable …

2 people found this helpful.
 on 25 June 2016
By Amazon Customer
Sex and the Citadel by Shereen El Feki was recommended to me by the author herself at The Unbreakable Rope panel discussion in London. An intimate account of life in a changing arab world, proclaimed the book cover.

Great introduction

2 people found this helpful.
 on 4 April 2014
By Sarah
Really great introduction to the topic of sex and sexuality in the Arab world. Very clear and articulate in it’s wording and it explores the topics at hand without managing to sound patronising or orientalist- a trap many writers fall in when writing about the Arab world.

Good informative read

4 people found this helpful.
 on 26 July 2013
By Ms C Long
This book has certainly given me food for thought and provoked thinking. So refreshing to get an unbiased, honest and knowledgeable read with real points of view and life experience on points of which people would otherwise be oblivious or try to ignore.

A very interesting book about the Arab world

3 people found this helpful.
 on 24 March 2014
By James
Arabs tend to be hypocritical about their sex life. Men rule; women have to defend themselves and are forced to marry men they don’t want. Read ‘Sold’ if possible, I found it in French, or ‘Magic Lobsters and Flying Tagines’ full of witchcraft, poisons, wheeling and scheming and very funny!

A unique book

 on 16 November 2015
By CHRISTODOULOS
A fairly extensive review of attitudes toward sex, divorce and related values in the Arab world and especially in Egypt. Altough I found the book unique in its subject matter and very interesting it could be considerably shorter. A very interesting read for people who wish to understand the Arab and especially Muslim attitudes in this matter.

Interesting Perspective

 on 14 March 2014
By Chantelle
It was a great read and really got me thinking. Love the personalised quotes from her Grandmother 🙂 Kind of like reading a long essay but it really gets you thinking

Excellent research and information was well written, grammatically correct and easy to read.

 on 20 April 2014
By Nefertari
I would recommend this book to anyone seeking honest, up to date information on cuurent sexual practices in the Middle East.
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