Sex and the Citadel
Fig. 1. Sex and the Citadel. Courtesy of Anchor Books, 2014.

Anchor Books released a book titled "Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World" written Shereen El Feki.

Publication Data

El Feki, Shereen. Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World. Anchor Books, 2014. ISBN: 978-0-307-39029-5.


As the “Arab Spring” and its aftermath sweep streets and squares, parliaments and presidential palaces of the Middle East, Shereen El Feki—an award-winning Canadian-Egyptian journalist—has been looking at unrest a little closer to home: in the sexual lives of Arab men and women. The result is an informative, insightful, and engaging account of this sensitive and still largely secret aspect of Arab society.

Sexual attitudes and behaviors are shaped by politics and economics, religion and tradition, gender and generations—not only a reflection of the conditions that led to the uprisings, but also a measure of hard-won reforms in the years to come. Highly personal, rich with original research and remarkable stories, Sex and the Citadel gives us unprecedented and timely insight into a part of the world that is changing before our eyes. 

Table of Contents

1. Shifting Positions
2. Desperate Housewives
3. Sex and the Single Arab
4. Facts of Life
5. Sex for Sale
6. Dare to Be Different
7. Come the Revolution

About the Author

Shereen El Feki is a writer, broadcaster, and academic who started her professional life in medical science before going on to become an award-winning journalist for The Economist and a presenter on Al Jazeera English. She is former vice-chair of the U.N.’s Global Commission on HIV and Law, and a TED Global Fellow. She divides her time between London and Cairo.

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