Arab cultural discourse has been slow to respond to changing sexual behaviour in the Arab world. The contributors to this collection pick up the slack, ranging across such disciplines as literature, history, sociology and psychology. Is Damascus the 'chastity capital' of the Middle East? How do gay men cruise in Beirut? Are young women in Tunis pressured both to lose and gain weight? What do Lebanese students write about sexual practices versus public behaviour? The fresh, compelling research topics covered include masculinity and migration; colonialism and sexual health; and fantasy and violence.
Samir Khalaf is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Behavioral Research (American University of Beirut). His other books include Cultural Resistance: Global and Local Encounters in the Middle East and Heart of Beirut: Reclaiming the Bourj (both Saqi). Contributors include John Gagnon, Roseanne Khalaf, Maher Jarrar, Sofian Merabet and Christa Salamandra.