Comparing emirati and Egyptian narratives on marriage, sexuality, and the body

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© Emory Elliott, Jasmine Payne, and Patricia Ploesch, eds., 2007. All rights reserved. On March 3, 2004, I turned on my television to the al-Jazeera Arabic satellite station, based in Doha, Qatar. The weekly program, "For Women Only" (lil nisaa’ faqad) was on, and the topic was a comparison of "love" versus "traditional" (arranged) marriages. Most of those e-mailing and calling, and they were predominantly men, argued that "traditional" marriages had a higher rate of success. In addition to the host, and in typical fashion for this program, there were three female guests. In this case, one was a PhD and well-known Algerian poet and author who was hooked into the studio by satellite from Paris. The other two women, a Lebanese sociologist and professor, and an Egyptian physician of Islamist orientation whose clinical practice focused on sexual problems among married couples, were in-studio. It appeared that all the women were Muslim.

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Cited Authors

  • Hasso, FS

Published Date

  • January 1, 2007

Start / End Page

  • 59 - 74

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780230600546

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1057/9780230608726_4

Citation Source

  • Scopus