Female Homosexuality in the Middle East: Histories and Representations
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 literature concerning female homosexuality A close reading of Ahmad ibn Yusuf Tifashi’s Nuzhat al albab : toward re-envisioning the Islamic Middle East Contemporary representations of female homosexuality in Arabic literature and criticism Some like it luke-warm : a brief history of the representation of (homo)sexuality in Egyptian film Conclusion: Homosexuals, the people of Lot, and the future of Arabic homosexuality.
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