Sexuality in Islam / Edition 1

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Overview

Arguing that Islam is a lyrical view of life in which sexuality enjoys a privileged status, this work represents an attempt to integrate the religious and the sexual. It examines the problem of whether this harmony of sexuality and religious faith is achieved in practice. Drawing on both Arabic and Western sources, the author describes the place of sexuality in the traditional Islamic view of the world.

Beginning with the Qur'an, Professor Bouhdiba confronts the question of male supremacy in Islam, and the strict separation of the masculine and the feminine. He gives an account of purification practices, of Islamic attitudes towards homosexuality, concubinage, legal marriage, and of the sexual taboos laid down by the Qur'an. He assesses contemporary sexual practice, including eroticism, mysogyny and mysticism, and concludes that the ideal Islamic model of sexuality has been debased.

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Bouhdiba (Islamic sociology, U. of Tunis) argues that Islam is a lyrical view of life in which sexuality enjoys a privileged status. He ponders on whether the desired harmony between sexual ecstasy and religious faith is ever achieved in practice. He also addresses questions such as male supremacy, the strict separation of sexes, homosexuality, and sexual taboos laid down by the Qur'an. Translated from the French edition published by Presses Universitaires de France in 1975. No index. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863560866
  • Publisher: Saqi Books
  • Publication date: 9/15/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1932 in Kairouan, Tunisia, Abdelwahab Bouhdiba is Professor of Islamic Sociology at the University of Tunis, where he is also Director of the Centre d’Etudes et de Recherches Economiques et Sociales. He has served as an adviser to international organizations such as UNESCO and the UN, and to the Tunisian government, on issues dealing with development and on human rights. He was awarded the Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture in 2004.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Part I: The Islamic view of sexuality
1. The Quran and the question of sexuality
2. Sexual prohibitions in Islam
3. The eternal and Islamic feminine
4. The frontier of the sexes
5. Purity lost, purity regained
6. Commerce with the invisible
7. The infinite orgasm
8. The sexual and the sacral

Part II: Sexual practice in Islam
9. Sexuality and sociality
10. Variations on eroticism: misogyny, mysticism and 'mujun'
11. Erotology
12. Certain practices
13. In the kingdom of the mothers

Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
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