Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East / Edition 1

Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East / Edition 1

by Brian Whitaker
     
 


“I enjoyed and learnt much from Brian Whitaker's book, which is excellent. It was inspirational to me on the challenges to international law, and the uses of nationalism to suppress dissent within countries.” – Fred Halliday, London School of Economics

“It is high time this issue was brought out of the closet once and for all, and afforded

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“I enjoyed and learnt much from Brian Whitaker's book, which is excellent. It was inspirational to me on the challenges to international law, and the uses of nationalism to suppress dissent within countries.” – Fred Halliday, London School of Economics

“It is high time this issue was brought out of the closet once and for all, and afforded a frank and honest discussion. Brian Whitaker's humane, sophisticated, and deeply rewarding book, Unspeakable Love, does exactly that.” – Ali Al-Ahmed, Saudi reform advocate and director of the Gulf Institute, Washington

“This book is a compelling read. It captures with detail and with disturbing accuracy the difficulties and dangers facing lesbians and gay men across the Middle East. It helps us to understand the social pressure, the sense of isolation, the anxiety and fear and trauma. And through it all we glimpse also the possibility of hope, of remarkable courage, and perhaps even in the longer term the chance of a more open and accepting society.” – Chris Smith MP, Former UK Secretary of State for Culture

“Brian Whitaker has given us a moving analysis of the hidden lives of Arab homosexuals. This genuinely groundbreaking investigation reveals a side of Arab and Muslim culture shrouded by the strictest taboos. Arab societies can no longer contain their cultural, religious, ethnic or sexual diversity within their traditional patriarchal definitions of the public sphere. Anyone interested in reform in the Arab world must read this book.” – Mai Yamani, Research Fellow at Chatham House and author of Cradle of Islam

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520250178
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
11/06/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
1,462,166
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

1A question of honour17
2In search of a rainbow41
3Images and realities65
4Rights and wrongs109
5'Should I kill myself?'143
6Sex and sensibility177
7Paths of reform201

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