The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East

The New Arab Man: Emergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East

by Marcia C. Inhorn
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691148899

ISBN-13: 9780691148892

Pub. Date: 03/25/2012

Publisher: Princeton University Press

Middle Eastern Muslim men have been widely vilified as terrorists, religious zealots, and brutal oppressors of women. The New Arab Man challenges these stereotypes with the stories of ordinary Middle Eastern men as they struggle to overcome infertility and childlessness through assisted reproduction.

Drawing on two decades of ethnographic research across

Overview

Middle Eastern Muslim men have been widely vilified as terrorists, religious zealots, and brutal oppressors of women. The New Arab Man challenges these stereotypes with the stories of ordinary Middle Eastern men as they struggle to overcome infertility and childlessness through assisted reproduction.

Drawing on two decades of ethnographic research across the Middle East with hundreds of men from a variety of social and religious backgrounds, Marcia Inhorn shows how the new Arab man is self-consciously rethinking the patriarchal masculinity of his forefathers and unseating received wisdoms. This is especially true in childless Middle Eastern marriages where, contrary to popular belief, infertility is more common among men than women. Inhorn captures the marital, moral, and material commitments of couples undergoing assisted reproduction, revealing how new technologies are transforming their lives and religious sensibilities. And she looks at the changing manhood of husbands who undertake transnational "egg quests"--set against the backdrop of war and economic uncertainty--out of devotion to the infertile wives they love.

Trenchant and emotionally gripping, The New Arab Man traces the emergence of new masculinities in the Middle East in the era of biotechnology.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691148892
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/25/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures ix
List of Tables xi
Prologue: Hamza, My Infertile Driver xiii

Introduct ion: Reconceiving Middle Eastern Manhood
Part I : Emergent Masculini t ies
Chapter 1. Hegemonic Masculinity 39
Chapter 2. Infertile Subjectivities 63
Chapter 3. Love Stories 91
Chapter 4. Consanguineous Connectivity 123

Part II : Islamic Masculini t ies
Chapter 5. Masturbation and Semen Collection 161
Chapter 6. Islam and Assisted Reproduction 193
Chapter 7. Sperm Donation and Adoption 228
Chapter 8. Egg Donation and Emergence 262
Conclus ion: Emergent Masculinities in the Middle East 299

Acknowledgments 319
Appendix: The Assisted Reproduction Fatwas 325
Glossary of Arabic Terms 333
Glossary of Medical Terms 337
Notes 345
References Cited 363
Index 389

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