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Art, Awakening, and Modernity in the Middle East

The Arab Nude, 1st Edition

Edited by Octavian Esanu


156 pages | 42 B/W Illus.

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This edited scholarly volume offers a perspective on the history of the genre of the nude in the Middle East and includes contributions written by scholars from several disciplines (art history, history, anthropology). Each chapter provides a distinct perspective on the early days of the fine arts genre of the nude, as its author studies a particular aspect through analysis of artworks and historical documents from the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries. The volume examines a rich body of reproductions of both primary documents and of works of art made by Lebanese, Egyptian, Syrian artists or of anonymous book illustrations from the nineteenth century Ottoman erotic literature.


"Art, Awakening, and Modernity in the Middle East: The Arab Nude is an important cross-disciplinary contribution to studies of art and intellectual history during the nahda, especially given the continued presumption of the scandalousness of these artworks."

--CAA Reviews

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Arab Nude: A Genre of the Fine Arts as a Tool of Modernization

[Octavian Esanu]

1. Necessary Nudes: Hadatha and Mu’asara in the Lives of Modern Lebanese

[Kirsten Scheid]

2. Early Representations of Nudity in the Ottoman Press: A Look at Nineteenth-Century Ottoman and Arab Erotic Literature

[Hala Auji]

3. Ideal Nudes and Iconic Bodies in the Works of the Egyptian Pioneers

[Nadia Radwan]

4. The Nudism of Sheikh Fouad Hobeiche

[Hala Bizri]

5. The Feminine Nude as an Expression of Modernism Through the Works of Mahmoud Moukhtar

[Elka Correa]

6. Unveiling the Nude and the Crisis of Manhood 

[Nadia Bou Ali]

7. Musallekhah, or the Anti-Nude

[Saleem Al-Baholy]

About the Editor

Octavian Esanu is Assistant Professor of Art History at the American University of Beirut.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art History

Routledge Research in Art History is our home for the latest scholarship in the field of art history. The series publishes research monographs and edited collections, covering areas including art history, theory, and visual culture. These high-level books focus on art and artists from around the world and from a multitude of time periods. By making these studies available to the worldwide academic community, the series aims to promote quality art history research.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ART / Middle Eastern
ART / Subjects & Themes / Human Figure
ART / Subjects & Themes / Erotica
HISTORY / Middle East / General
HISTORY / Modern / 19th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
POLITICAL SCIENCE / World / Middle Eastern
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General