By Khaled El-Rouayheb
Attitudes towards homosexuality within the pre-modern Arab-Islamic international are often depicted as schizophrenic—visible and tolerated on one hand, prohibited through Islam at the different. Khaled El-Rouayheb argues that this obvious paradox relies at the anachronistic assumption that homosexuality is a undying, self-evident truth to which a selected tradition reacts with a point of tolerance or intolerance. Drawing on poetry, biographical literature, drugs, dream interpretation, and Islamic texts, he indicates that the tradition of the interval lacked the idea that of homosexuality. “Meticulously researched, lucidly written, nuanced, and brilliantly conceived, [the ebook] forthrightly takes on complicated matters surrounding the tradition of same-sex eroticism that existed within the Arabic-speaking lands of the early smooth Ottoman Empire. . . . an enormous e-book via a very good scholar.”—Journal of Religion “Rectifies many . . . prejudices and misinterpretations in a masterly fashion.”—Bulletin of the college of Oriental and African Studies (20050617)
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From this perspective, writing the history of homosexuality is seen as analogous to writing, say, the history of women. ) attitude toward such people. In contrast to this “essentialist” view, a number of anthropologists, sociologists, and historians, inspired in the main by the late French philosopher Michel Foucault, have recently emphasized the “constructed,” or historically conditioned, nature of our modern sexual categories. They claim that the concept of homosexuality (and heterosexuality) was developed in Europe in the late nineteenth century, and that though its meaning may overlap with earlier concepts such as “sodomite” or “invert,” it is not, strictly speaking, synonymous with these.
The Emir] were composed and performed by singers ... ”1 The quoted remarks make it clear in what terms the chronicler, and the Muslim population of Damascus in general, viewed the reported action of the soldiers. An outsider, and a non-Muslim at that, by his attempt to seduce or rape a local woman, had threatened the honor of the community at large. The threat was not only averted, but the potential dishonorer was himself dishonored by being buggered, and the Turcoman troops came in this particular case to be seen as instruments of poetic justice.
The Ideal of Love Mystical Aestheticism CHAPTER THREE - Sodomites The Controversy over Gazing (Naẓar) Liwāṭ in Islamic Law liwāṭ in Paradise? The Meaning of Liwāṭ Ideals and Practices Revisited Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index Khaled El-Rouayheb is a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of Divinity University of Cambridge. , London � 2005 by The University of Chicago All rights reserved. Published 2005 Printed in the United States of America 14 13 12 11 10 09 08 07 06 05 1 2 3 4 5 ISBN: 0-226-72988-5 (cloth) Parts of chapter 2 appeared as “The Love of Boys in Arabic Poetry of the Early Ottoman Period, 1500 -1800,“Middle Eastern Literatures 8, no.