Before Homosexuality in the Arab-Islamic World, 1500-1800 / Edition 1

Before Homosexuality in the Arab-Islamic World, 1500-1800 / Edition 1

by Khaled El-Rouayheb
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226729885

ISBN-13: 9780226729886

Pub. Date: 11/15/2005

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Attitudes toward homosexuality in the pre-modern Arab-Islamic world are commonly depicted as schizophrenic—visible and tolerated on one hand, prohibited by Islam on the other. Khaled El-Rouayheb argues that this apparent paradox is based on the anachronistic assumption that homosexuality is a timeless, self-evident fact to which a particular culture reacts

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Overview

Attitudes toward homosexuality in the pre-modern Arab-Islamic world are commonly depicted as schizophrenic—visible and tolerated on one hand, prohibited by Islam on the other. Khaled El-Rouayheb argues that this apparent paradox is based on the anachronistic assumption that homosexuality is a timeless, self-evident fact to which a particular culture reacts with some degree of tolerance or intolerance. Drawing on poetry, biographical literature, medicine, dream interpretation, and Islamic texts, he shows that the culture of the period lacked the concept of homosexuality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226729886
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/15/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter One: Pederasts and Pathics
Chapter Two: Aesthetes
Chapter Three: Sodomites
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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