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Female Homosexuality in the Middle East

Histories and Representations

Female Homosexuality in the Middle East by Samar Habib
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This book, the first full-length study of its kind, dares to probe the biggest taboo in contemporary Arab culture with scholarly intent and integrity - female homosexuality.

Habib argues that female homosexuality has a long history in Arabic literature and scholarship, beginning in the ninth century, and she traces the destruction of Medieval discourses on female homosexuality and the replacement of these with a new religious orthodoxy that is no longer permissive of a variety of sexual behaviours.

Habib also engages with recent "gay" historiography in the West and challenges institutionalized constructionist notions of sexuality.

Taylor and Francis; August 2012
216 pages; ISBN 9781135910082
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Title: Female Homosexuality in the Middle East
Author: Samar Habib
 
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