Sexuality in Islam

Sexuality in Islam

by Abdelwahab Bouhdiba
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780863564932
Publisher:
Saqi Books
Publication date:
06/26/2012
Series:
Saqi Essentials
Edition description:
Translatio
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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