Parution : David Ghanim, « The Sexual World of the Arabian Nights », Cambridge University Press, avril 2018.
David Ghanim, The Sexual World of the Arabian, 2018
- From the stories of wives and their lovers to those of kings and their conquests, to the overarching story of Shahrazad and Shahryar, the tales of the Arabian Nights have offered countless audiences entertainment and enjoyment as well as serving as cautionary stories. An outstanding piece of world literature, the Arabian Nights provide a lively and interesting way of exploring aspects of sexuality, romance, gender, culture, wealth, and politics. Looking at a wide range of the tales, David Ghanim offers a rigorous exploration of their profound sexuality: looking at both the context in which they were written and organised, as well as their legacy. By including accounts of heterosexuality, homosexuality, cuckoldry, insatiable lust, promiscuity, rape, incest, bestiality, demonic sexuality, and erotica, Ghanim highlights the complexity and dynamism of medieval sexuality, the active role of women in sexual activities, and the prevailing positive outlook on sexual liaison and gender mixing.
- A systematic mapping of sexuality in the Arabian Nights, which provides a stark contrast to the sexual restrictions and taboos engulfing the Middle East today
- Highlights the value of these tales to the field of gender and sexuality studies
- Appeals to a wide readership by achieving an ideal balance between academic analysis and general description