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Intimacy and the Middle East – change is coming



Intimacy and the Middle East -The times they will be a-changing

Mar 30th 2013 |Economist Magazine

Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World. By Shereen El Feki. Pantheon; 368 pages; $28.95. Chatto & Windus; £14.99. Buy from

SHEREEN EL FEKI is a brave woman. Spending five years quizzing Arabs about the intimate details of their sex lives is no easy task. But having done so Ms El Feki, a science writer (formerly of The Economist), broadcaster and vice-chair of the UN’s Global Commission on HIV and the Law, has produced in “Sex and the Citadel” a fascinating survey of sex that is rich in detail. Despite its comprehensive title, the book focuses for the most part on Egypt, though Ms El Feki (who is half-Egyptian and half-Welsh, and raised in Canada) does travel to and report on other parts of the region. Understanding the attitudes and practices of Egyptians when it comes to sex is intriguing in itself. But Ms El Feki also uses sex as a means to understand better a country and society that has been rocked by revolution.          Continue reading