Khaled El-Rouayheb will discuss his book, Before
Homosexuality in the Arab-Islamic World,
1500-1800, on campus Wednesday, December
12, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Drawing on poetry, belles
lettres, biographical literature, medicine, physiognomy,
dream interpretation, and Islamic legal, mystical, and
homiletic texts, he shows that the culture of the
period lacked the concept of homosexuality. Instead,
paramount importance was given to distinctions that are not
captured by that term -- between active and passive sexual
roles, between passionate infatuation and lust, and
between penetrative and nonpenetrative intercourse.
This event is
free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Harvard
Lesbian, Bisexual, and Gay Graduate Student Association and
the Harvard Gay and Lesbian Caucus. The talk will take
place in the Kresge Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St.
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