Book Review – Sex & The Citadel – Intimate life in a changing Arab World- Shereen El Feki

sex-and-the-citadel-275x275-imadguaphkzvrkwrLet me begin this review by quoting this line from the book

“If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms.”

As cheesy as it sounds, the book is definitely not what you are thinking about. Sex & The Citadel is by far one of the well researched books that I have read. I have read this book from cover to cover and couldn’t stop praising Shereen El Feki’s logical inferences and in depth research on the subject.

Sex & The Citadel is not a story of some horny people trying to make out whenever and wherever they can. It is about the people living in the Arab world and how their sexual lives affect the socio-political conditions of all the countries. Shereen has met and spoken with so many people including housewives, working women and people from all walks to life and has come up with this gripping book.

Shereen Ek Feki was a scientist before she got into journalism and this is what explains the brilliant research that she has done for the book. She has left no stone unturned when it comes to being reasonable. Also, I must comment here that, the book is written in such a way that it would not hurt the sentiments of people and their faith. The goal of this book is to open up the Arab world to a new era of openness and intellectual freedom.

In seven chapters, namely, shifting positions, desperate housewives, sex and the single arab, facts of life, sex for sale, dare to be different and come the revolution, distributed over 300 pages focusses on almost every area of research you can think of.

The book would make a brilliant weekend read. Pick it up without any prejudices and it will open up a whole new domain to contemplate on.

Book Source : Publisher
Publisher : Chatto & Windus
Genre : Non-Fiction
ISBN : 978-07011-83165

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