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days of the fine arts genre of the nude, as its author studies a particular aspect through analysis of artworks and historical documents from the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries.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.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Arab Nude: A Genre of the Fine Arts as a Tool of Modernization
1. Necessary Nudes: Hadatha and Mu’asara in the Lives of Modern Lebanese
2. Early Representations of Nudity in the Ottoman Press: A Look at Nineteenth-Century Ottoman and Arab Erotic Literature
3. Ideal Nudes and Iconic Bodies in the Works of the Egyptian Pioneers
4. The Nudism of Sheikh Fouad Hobeiche
5. The Feminine Nude as an Expression of Modernism Through the Works of Mahmoud Moukhtar
6. Unveiling the Nude and the Crisis of Manhood
[Nadia Bou Ali]
7. Musallekhah, or the Anti-Nude
Octavian Esanu is Assistant Professor of Art History at the American University of Beirut.
"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."