Introduction: The Many Names of Desire. On the Study of Sexual Practices, Norms and Binaries in the Middle East

Kreil, Aymon; Sorbera, Lucia; Tolino, Serena (2021). Introduction: The Many Names of Desire. On the Study of Sexual Practices, Norms and Binaries in the Middle East. In: Kreil, Aymon; Sorbera, Lucia; Tolino, Serena (eds.) Sex and Desire in Muslim Cultures. Beyond Norms and Transgression from the Abbasids to the Present Day. Gender and Islam (pp. 1-13). London: I. B. Tauris

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In this introduction we set a number of sociological insights when looking at gender normativity in the Middle east, namely 1). The variability of hierarchies shaping norms; (2) the multiplicity of sources of authority on gender and sexuality that always coexist; (3) the existence of realms of activity in which the quest for pleasure seems to take precedence over dominant ethical goal setting, sometimes producing its own framework of normative expectations; and 4) the limits of our capacity as historians and social-science researchers to give a full account of the experience of sexuality. We then present the plan of the books.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute for Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Tolino, Serena

Subjects:

200 Religion > 290 Other religions
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 890 Other literatures
900 History > 950 History of Asia
900 History > 960 History of Africa

ISBN:

978-1-8386-0408-0

Series:

Gender and Islam

Publisher:

I. B. Tauris

Language:

English

Submitter:

Serena Tolino

Date Deposited:

08 Apr 2021 17:08

Last Modified:

08 Apr 2021 17:08

Uncontrolled Keywords:

sex, gender, desire, normativity, Middle East

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/152552

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/151829

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