Deconstructing Sexuality in the Middle East by Pinar Ilkkaracan

By Pinar Ilkkaracan

Exploring the modern dynamics of sexuality within the heart East, this quantity bargains an in-depth and precise perception into this a lot contested and debated issue.It specializes in the position of sexuality in political and social struggles and the politicization of sexuality and gender within the zone. participants illustrate the complexity of discourses, debates and concerns, focusing specifically at the state of affairs in Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, and Turkey, and clarify how they can not be decreased to a unmarried underlying issue akin to faith, or an easy binary competition among the spiritual correct and feminists.Contributors comprise well known academicians, researchers, psychologists, historians, human rights and women's rights advocates and political scientists, from various international locations and backgrounds, supplying a balanced and modern viewpoint in this vital factor, in addition to the implication of those debates in higher socio-political contexts.

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Many foreign nationals ‘choose’ or end up in sex work; many are smuggled into countries for that specific purpose,90 whereas others are pushed into sex work against their will, and due to their tenuous legal status, as described above in the example 86 Zuhur, ‘Of Milk Mothers and Sacred Bonds;’ Abd al-Hamid Mahmud Tahmaz, AlAnsab wa al-awlad: Dirasah li-mawqif al-shari`ah al-islamiyyah min al-talqih al-sina’i wa ma yusama bi atfal al-anabib (Beirut and Damascus: 1987); and Hassan Hathout, ‘Islamic Concepts and Bioethics,’ in Bioethics Yearbook Vol.

34 Deconstructing Sexuality in the Middle East In Iran under the Pahlavi rule, abortion was illegal except to save the life of the mother. By 1976, physicians could perform abortions if the woman was less than 12 weeks pregnant, parental permission was granted or the couple provided social or medical grounds. Following the Islamic Revolution, abortion became a qisas crime, which requires dhiyya to be paid to relatives on behalf of the fetus. The payment accorded with stage of development of the fetus, based on Quranic passages XXII: 4 and XXIII: 12–14.

49 Al-Bukhari, 8, 526. 50 (i) Any person who copulates with a female without her consent is punished by penal servitude for life or for a certain period of time. If the offender is related to the child or responsible for the child’s upbringing or having authority over the child or serving her against salary or one of those previously mentioned, penalty of penal servitude of life is inflicted. Criminal Law, Women and Sexuality in the Middle East 29 Incest and sexual abuse of children is still a taboo subject in many countries of the Middle East.

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