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Desiring Arabs

Author: Joseph Andoni Massad
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2008, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback edView all editions and formats
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"Among the many shocking violations of the prisoners at Abu Ghraib, the most notorious was sexual torture. Military personnel justified this abhorrent technique as an effective tool for interrogating Arabs, who are perceived as repressed and especially susceptible to sexual coercion. These abuses laid bare a racist and sexually charged power dynamic at the root of the U.S. conquest of Iraq - a dynamic that reflected  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Joseph Andoni Massad
ISBN: 9780226509594 0226509591
OCLC Number: 225876058
Description: xiv, 453 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Anxiety in civilization --
Remembrances of desires past --
Re-orienting desire : the gay international and the Arab world --
Sin, crimes, and disease : taxonomies of desires present --
Deviant fictions --
The truth of fictional desires --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Joseph A. Massad.

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Sexual desire has long played a key role in Western judgments about the value of Arab civilization. This title reveals the history of how Arabs represented their own sexual desires. It assembles a  Read more...

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"A pioneering work on a very timely yet frustratingly neglected topic.... I know of no other study that can even begin to compare with the detail and scope of [this] work." - Khaled El-Rouayheb, Read more...

 
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