Sex and the Citadel: 1 of 2: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World by Shereen El Feki.

Feb 15, 2019, 05:49 AM

Photo:Conquest of Baghdad by the Mongols in 1258 CE.

unknown / (of the reproduction) Staatsbibliothek Berlin/Schacht - Dschingis Khan und seine Erben (exhibition catalogue), München 2005, p. 252/253

Conquest of Baghdad by the Mongols 1258. Double-page illustration of Rashid-ad-Din's Gami' at-tawarih. Tabriz (?), 1st quarter of 14th century. Water colours and gold on paper. Original size: 37.4 cm x 29.3 cm (right), 37.2 cm x 29 cm (left). Staatsbibliothek Berlin, Orientabteilung, Diez A fol. 70, p. 4 (right) and 7 (left). Note the ponton bridges, siege engines, and the refugee on the boat, maybe a high dignitary or even the calif himself. For only the left or only the right part of the illustration, see Image:DiezAlbumsFallOfBaghdadb.jpg and Image:DiezAlbumsFallOfBaghdada.jpg.

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Sex and the Citadel: 1 of 2: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World by Shereen El Feki.

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 with The Economist and a presenter with Al Jazeera English. She is the former vice-chair of the UN's Global Commission on HIV and the Law, as well as a TED Global Fellow. Shereen writes for a number of publications, among them The Huffington Post. With roots in Egypt and Wales, Shereen grew up in Canada; she now divides her time between London and Cairo. "Sex and the Citadel" is her first book. Learn more at

“A principled book, robustly educative and illuminating without consenting to the kind of vacant voyeurism that the intimate life veiled by Islam can provoke in unthinking outsiders.” —The Times Higher Education Supplement 
 “A bold, meticulously researched mini Kinsey Report, rich in anecdote and statistics. . . . Islam and faith are not incompatible with a healthier, more liberal attitude to sex, but rather an exciting component of the revolutions now taking shape.” —The Spectator. “Fascinating. . . . Fearless. . . . An impressively researched work of sociology.” —The Santa Fe New Mexican
 “A riveting read, bound to provide interesting, if inappropriate, dinner table conversation for some time to come.” —The Daily Star (Lebanon) “[A] tour de force on Arab life. . . . Mandatory reading for anyone seeking to truly know the Middle East.” —Booklist (starred)

“A daring new study. El Feki embarks on her subject with healthy doses of humor and irony. . . . A surprisingly open, extremely timely examination of the sexual coming-of-age of Egyptian youth.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred) “A clear wakeup call.” —Publishers Weekly