Desiring Arabs by Joseph A. Massad

By Joseph A. Massad

Sexual hope has lengthy performed a key function in Western judgments in regards to the price of Arab civilization. long ago, Westerners seen the Arab global as licentious, and Western intolerance of intercourse led them to model Arabs as decadent; yet as Western society grew to become extra sexually open, the supposedly prudish Arabs quickly turned seen as backward. instead of focusing solely on how those perspectives built within the West, in Desiring Arabs Joseph A. Massad unearths the historical past of ways Arabs represented their very own sexual wants. To this goal, he assembles a major and numerous compendium of Arabic writing from the 19th century to the current so that it will chart the alterations in Arab sexual attitudes and their hyperlinks to Arab notions of cultural history and civilization.


A paintings of amazing scope and erudition, Massad’s chronicle of either the historical past and glossy diversifications of the talk over representations of sexual wants and practices within the Arab international is a vital addition to our figuring out of an often oversimplified and vilified culture.


“A pioneering paintings on a truly well timed but frustratingly missed subject. . . . i do know of no different examine which could even start to evaluate with the element and scope of [this] work.”—Khaled El-Rouayheb, Middle East Report


“In Desiring Arabs, [Edward] Said’s disciple Joseph A. Massad corroborates his mentor’s thesis that orientalist writing was once racist and dehumanizing. . . . [Massad] brilliantly is going directly to hint the legacy of this racist, internalized, orientalist discourse as much as the present.”—Financial Times

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