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Female Sexuality in the Early Medieval Islamic World: Gender and Sex in Arabic Literature

Book
Authors Pernilla Myrne
ISBN 9781838605018
Publisher I.B. Tauris/Bloomsbury
Place of publication London
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Languages and Literatures
Language en
Subject categories Specific Literatures, History

Abstract

In the early Islamic world, Arabic erotic compendia and sex manuals were a popular literary genre. Although primarily written by male authors, the erotic publications from this era often emphasised the sexual needs of women and the importance of female romantic fulfilment. Pernilla Myrne here explores this phenomenon, examining a range of Arabic literature to shed fresh light onto the complexities of female sexuality under the Abbasids and the Buyids. Based on an impressive array of neglected medical, religious-legal, literary and entertainment sources, Myrne elucidates the tension between depictions of women's strong sexual agency and their subordinated social role in various contexts. In the process she uncovers a great diversity of approaches from the 9th to the 11th century, including the sexual handbook the Encyclopedia of Pleasure (Jawami' al-ladhdha), which portrayed the diversity of female desires, asserting the importance of mutual satisfaction through lively poems and stories.

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