Female Homosexuality in the Middle East: Histories and Representations

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Routledge, Aug 6, 2012 - History - 216 pages
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This book, the first full-length study of its kind, dares to probe the biggest taboo in contemporary Arab culture with scholarly intent and integrity - female homosexuality.

Habib argues that female homosexuality has a long history in Arabic literature and scholarship, beginning in the ninth century, and she traces the destruction of Medieval discourses on female homosexuality and the replacement of these with a new religious orthodoxy that is no longer permissive of a variety of sexual behaviours.

Habib also engages with recent "gay" historiography in the West and challenges institutionalized constructionist notions of sexuality.

 

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Contents: Introduction: Contemporary views of female homosexuality in the Middle East Constructing and deconstructing sexuality : new paradigms for "gay" historiography An overview of medieval ... Read full review

Contents

Part II The history and representation of female homosexuality in the Middle Ages
45
Part III The history and representation of female homosexuality in the contemporary Middle East
85
Part IV Conclusion and references
137
Notes
149

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About the author (2012)

Samar Habib is a scholar, editor, and novelist. Her literary novel, A Tree Like Rain was published in Sydney in 2005, and she is currently the chief editor of an international online journal, Nebula. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Sydney.

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