1. Book: Islamicate Sexualities: Translations across Temporal Geographies of Desire (Harvard Middle Eastern Monographs)

    Image description: a verticle shot of a book cover. At the top of the book is the title “Islamicate Sexualities”, beneath it the subtitle “Translations across Temporal Geographies of Desire”. The primary and secondary title are separated by a thin line extending from the right side of the book. Beneath the title is a drawing of three people in brightly coloured clothing. Beneath them is the editors information “Kathryn Babayan” and “Afsaneh Najmabadi” with contributions by “Dina-Al Kassim, Sahar Amer, Brad Epps, Frederic Lagrange, Leyla Rouhi, Everett K. Rowson, and Valerie Traub.” 

    book description: Islamicate Sexualities: Translations across Temporal Geographies of Desire explores different genealogies of sexuality and questions some of the theoretical emphases and epistemic assumptions affecting current histories of sexuality. Concerned with the dynamic interplay between cultural constructions of gender and sexuality, the anthology moves across disciplinary fields, integrating literary criticism with social and cultural history, and establishes a dialogue between historians (Kathryn Babayan, Frédéric Lagrange, Afsaneh Najmabadi, and Everett Rowson), comparative literary scholars (Sahar Amer and Leyla Rouhi), and critical theorists of sexualities (Valerie Traub, Brad Epps, and Dina al-Kassim). As a whole, the anthology challenges Middle Eastern Studies with questions that have arisen in recent studies of sexualities, bringing into conversation Euro-American scholarship of sexuality with that of scholars engaged in studies of sexualities across a vast cultural (Iberian, Arabic, and Iranian) and temporal field (from the tenth century to the medieval and the modern).

    Price: 19.95

  2. Book: Desiring Arabs by Joseph A. Massad

    This book title was reccommended by an anon! 

    Image description: A verticle shot of a book cover. The background is of a person sitting at a table, their right hand propping up their chin. They are wearing a black suit, their black hair is parted in the middle and slicked to each side. Their hat and gloves sit on the table which they are leaning against. Beneath the background picture is a blog of purple floral design against a navy blue background. The title is in thin white lettering and starts from the mid-right side of the book cover flowing downward. It says “Desiring Arabs” first and then the author’s name “Joseph A. Massad” next. Between the title and the authors name is a purple stencil flower. 

    Product Description: Sexual desire has long played a key role in Western judgments about the value of Arab civilization. In the past, Westerners viewed the Arab world as licentious, and Western intolerance of sex led them to brand Arabs as decadent; but as Western society became more sexually open, the supposedly prudish Arabs soon became viewed as backward. Rather than focusing exclusively on how these views developed in the West, in Desiring Arabs Joseph A. Massad reveals the history of how Arabs represented their own sexual desires. To this aim, he assembles a massive and diverse compendium of Arabic writing from the nineteenth century to the present in order to chart the changes in Arab sexual attitudes and their links to Arab notions of cultural heritage and civilization.

               A work of impressive scope and erudition, Massad’s chronicle of both the history and modern permutations of the debate over representations of sexual desires and practices in the Arab world is a crucial addition to our understanding of a frequently oversimplified and vilified culture.
    Price: 16.88

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