Originally published in 1985. Beginning with the Qur’an, Abdelwahab Bouhdiba confronts the question of male supremacy in Islam, and the strict separation of the masculine and the feminine. He gives an account of purification practices, of Islamic attitudes towards homosexuality, concubinage, legal marriage and of the sexual taboos laid down by the Qur’an. He assesses present-day sexual practice, including eroticism, misogyny and mysticism and concludes that the sexual alienation – and even oppression – of modern Muslim women is the result not of the Islamic vision of sexuality, but of social and economic pressures.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Islamic View of Sexuality; Chapter 1 The Quran and the Question of Sexuality; Chapter 2 Sexual Prohibitions in Islam; Chapter 3 The Eternal and Islamic Feminine; Chapter 4 The Frontier of the Sexes; Chapter 5 Purity Lost, Purity Regained; Chapter 6 Commerce with the invisible; Chapter 7 The Infinite Orgasm; Chapter 8 The Sexual and the Sacral; Part 2 Sexual Practice in Islam; Chapter 9 Sexuality and Sociality; Chapter 10 Variations on Eroticism: Misogyny, Mysticism and ‘Muj?n’; Chapter 11 Erotology; Chapter 12 Certain practices; Chapter 13 In the kingdom of the mothers;
Abdelwahab Bouhdiba, Alan Sheridan