Imagined Masculinities: Male Identity and Culture in the Modern Middle East / Edition 1

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Writings on gender in the Middle East generally neglect issues of male identity. Arguing that masculinity is as socially constructed as femininity, the authors investigate the ways in which men are acting, reacting, and adapting to the structural upheaval of the “traditional” family.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863560422
  • Publisher: Saqi Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Saqi Essentials Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mai Ghoussoub is the author of Leaving Beirut: Women and the Wars Within as well as numerous articles on culture, aesthetics and Middle Eastern issues for international journals.

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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Pt. I Making Men: Institutions and Social Practices
1 Festivities of Violence: Circumcision and the Making of Men 19
2 Circumcision, the First Haircut and the Torah: Ritual and Male Identity Among the Ultraorthodox Community of Israel 33
3 'Our Bulent Is Now a Commando': Military Service and Manhood in Turkey 65
'Military service in spite of me': Interview with L. S., Former Conscript 92
4 Male Gender and Rituals of Resistance in the Palestinian Intifada: A Cultural Politics of Violence 103
5 The Military as a Second Bar Mitzvah: Combat Service as Initiation to Zionist Masculinity 127
Pt. II Male Fictions: Narratives, Images and Icons
6 Reading 'Wiles of Women' Stories as Fictions of Masculinity 147
7 Male Homosexuality in Modern Arabic Literature 169
8 Farid Shauqi: Tough Guy, Family Man, Cinema Star 199
9 Chewing Gum, Insatiable Women and Foreign Enemies: Male Fears and the Arab Media 227
10 'That's how I am, world!': Saddam, Manhood and the Monolithic Image 236
Pt. III Memoir and Male Identity
11 Lentils in Paradise 251
12 Not the Man My Father Was 263
13 Those Two Heavy Wings of Manhood: On Moustaches 273
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