Before Homosexuality in the Arab-Islamic World, 1500-1800

Before Homosexuality in the Arab-Islamic World, 1500-1800 Author Khaled El-Rouayheb
ISBN-10 0226729893
ISBN-13 9780226729893
Year 2009-04-01
Pages 224
Language English
Publisher University Of Chicago Press
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Attitudes toward homosexuality in the pre modern Arab Islamic world are commonly depicted as schizophrenicvisible and tolerated on one hand prohibited by Islam on the other Khaled El Rouayheb argues that this apparent paradox is based on the anachronistic assumption that homosexuality is a timeless self evident fact to which a particular culture reacts with some degree of tolerance or intolerance Drawing on poetry biographical literature medicine dream interpretation and Islamic texts he shows that the culture of the period lacked the concept of homosexuality