The Middle East has long been something of a mystery to Westerners, and in particular, the sexual s of the region continue to fascinate Arabs are often described as being in a state of Islam induced sexual anxiety and young Muslims frustrations are said to be exacerbated by increasing exposure to the licentiousness of the West Here, Middle East expert John R BradleThe Middle East has long been something of a mystery to Westerners, and in particular, the sexual s of the region continue to fascinate Arabs are often described as being in a state of Islam induced sexual anxiety and young Muslims frustrations are said to be exacerbated by increasing exposure to the licentiousness of the West Here, Middle East expert John R Bradley sets out to uncover the truth about sex in countries like Egypt, Syria, Morocco and Yemen Among many startling revelations, Bradley reports on how temporary Islamic marriages allow for illicit sex in the theocracies of Iran and Saudi Arabia child brides that are sold off to older Arab men according to ancient tribal traditions the hypocrisy that undermines publicized crackdowns on the thriving sex industry in the Persian Gulf and how, despite widespread denial, homosexuality is still deeply ingrained in the region s social fabric Richly detailed and nuanced, Behind the Veil of Vice sheds light on a taboo subject and unravels widely held myths about the region In the process, Bradley also delivers an important message about our own society s contradictions.
Behind the Veil of Vice The Business and Culture of Sex in the Middle East The Middle East has long been something of a mystery to Westerners and in particular the sexual s of the region continue to fascinate Arabs are often described as being in a state of Islam induced s
This was a disappointing read Journalist John Bradley tells a bunch of anecdotes about sexual attitudes in the Middle East particularly Saudi in this under researched book Given that we have only a limited number of international correspondents, I suppose that any account of foreign cultures is valuable to us, and I m glad be wrote it, but the writing is sub par, and the journalism seems to mostly involve random conversations he has over a beer with foreign friends His efforts at contextualizing [...]
Bradely is unafraid to be decisively opinionated about controversial topics, but backs every statement up with well researched material and a kind, very human journalistic voice The subject matter of sex, politics, religion, and hypocrisy is deftly batted between the Western and Arabic world.If only the cover wasn t a perfect example of the Exotic Other, a poster perfect example of Said s orientalism I worried that people thought I was reading a Harlequin Romance novel about a widowed sultan and [...]
As in his book on Saudi Arabia, Bradley demonstrates here a rare combination of first hand experience, historical context and journalistic wherewithal that opens a lens into the usually hidden Muslim world His singular focus on prostitution and its close cousins, such as temporary marriage, however, disappointingly narrows the field of view For example, he skips over the entire realm of sexual culture that is not for sale, coming of age, infiltration of Western or Egyptian television and movies [...]
Not nearly as tawdry as the cover title wants you to think, this is mostly a well reasoned book about the inevitability of prostitution and how different countries in the Arab World deal with it Suitably skeptical of human trafficking panic But veered weird in the last chapter when it dealt with homosexuality and rent boys, an issue clearly dear to the author s heart I bought about half of his argument that Mid East attitudes toward gay sex and identity are better than Western ones, but then jus [...]
Eh Bradley seems to have a tremendous amount of contempt for women and really hates feminists, which often skews his research and conclusions His sources are often unreliable and certainly not scholarly by any stretch of the imagination He actually spends the first few chapters decrying statistics of sex trafficking, claiming it is all exaggerated by feminists His evidence A guy in a bar in Syria told him so I decided to give the book two stars instead of one because, in spite of his insipid ton [...]
Intriguing and well written look at one of the most misunderstood topics Pierces the media driven myths and shows that outsider do gooders such as feminists, homosexual activists, and various NGO s do much harm than good, and how their interests even intersect with those of fundie nutters I did find his ridicule of Christian missionaries to be kind of odd, but overall a great read.
Written by a seasoned journalist and correspondent, Beyond the Veil of Vice provides excellent insights into a culture many Westerners do not understand I highly recommend this reflective and unflinching book for anyone interested in the role of women in the Middle East.
An interesting read that offers a point of view rarely heard in western media.