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Politics & government
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 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 womans 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.
Shereen El Feki's background (half-Egyptian, half-Welsh, Muslim, award-winning journalist, expert on sexuality) means she's in a unique position as a commentator and has had unprecendented access
Four years of original primary research, much of it undercover, but delivered in a lively anecdotal style. This is an extraordinary document, the likes of which has never been published before
Is this an Orientalism for the 21st century?
Shereen is amazing in action. See her in her TED talks: http://bit.ly/K2LBOA and http://bit.ly/spk81t
About The Author
Shereen El Feki has done something important, brave and necessary. By investigating what sexual experiences and values are in the Arab world, rather than projecting views on them ideologically, El Feki insists on our taking seriously and urgently major social issues -- from cliterodectomy to adultery in a traditional context to passion itself -- that are shrouded in myth,