Description - Sexuality and Eroticism Among Males in Moslem Societies by John DeCecco
A book about sexuality and eroticism between males in Islamic society. Through narratives, analytic essays, descriptions and academic treatises, it provides a look into, what is for most Westerners, still a very hidden, very foreign culture. Until recently, very little solid information about sexuality in Islamic society was available, and this study aims to provide an analysis of the same-sex erotic relationship. "Homosexuality in Islam" deals not only with homosexuality, but also the sexual culture and role of gender in the Muslim world. The chapters focus on homosexuality among men in Morocco, Syria, Iran, Turkey, and Israel. It demonstrates the differences in the concept and acceptance of homosexuality among the Muslim countries themselves, depending upon the degree to which Islamic law is enforced, the impact of different western colonial influences and legal systems, and the impact of cultural variation within the geographic area. There are some keen observations and insights into the socialization of boys in Islamic culture, the status and inaccessibility of women, and sex roles and attitudes toward them.
"Homosexuality in Islam" captures a sense of the Muslim countries in the process of rapid change - from the anti-modernist and religious fundamentalism of Iran, to the attempts in the cities of Turkey to develop a western style gay way of life, with all the problems that that involves. It is for readers interested in religion, gay studies, anthropologists, orientalists, historians, students of comparative law and sexologists.
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