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Representations: Erotic Literature: Arab States
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Erotic literature in modern Arabic is conspicuous by its absence. Social, and sometimes political, restrictions continue to inhibit the production and distribution of literary works dealing openly with erotic themes. In most Arab countries, writers have managed to carve a niche for the relatively frank treatment of sexuality as a legitimate part of “serious” literature, which embraces social or political causes. Moreover, discussion of sexual issues in medical (and to a lesser extent religious) …

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Shamma, Tarek, “Representations: Erotic Literature: Arab States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0623a>
First published online: 2009



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