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Sex in the Middle East and North Africa

Editor(s): L. L. Wynn, Angel M. Foster

Sex in the Middle East and North Africa examines the sexual practices, politics, and complexities of the modern Arab world. Short chapters feature a variety of experts in anthropology, sociology, health science, and cultural studies. Many of the chapters are based on original ethnographic and interview work with subjects involved in these practices and include their voices.

The book is organized into three sections: Single and Dating, Engaged and Married, and It's Complicated. The allusion to categories of relationship status on social media is at once a nod to the compulsion to categorize, recognition of the many ways that categorization is rarely straightforward, and acknowledgment that much of the intimate lives described by the contributors is mediated by online technologies.

Biography of Editor(s)

L. L. Wynn, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, is the author of Pyramids and Nightclubs: A Travel Ethnography of Arab and Western Imaginations of Egypt, from King Tut and a Colony of Atlantis to Rumors of Sex Orgies, Urban Legends about a Marauding Prince, and Blonde Belly Dancers.
Angel M. Foster holds an endowed chair of women's health research at the University of Ottawa. She is a cofounder of Cambridge Reproductive Health Consultants.


  • "Sex in the Middle East and North Africa rewards its readers with the breadth and depth it offers in problematizing and countering the pervasive orientalist images of the voiceless, sexless, veiled Muslim women and repression of sexual minorities—the most potent symbols of Muslim-majority societies—in the popular imagination of the West."
    Gul Ozyegin, author of New Desires, New Selves: Love, Sex, and Piety among Turkish Youth