By Dror Ze'evi
This hugely unique booklet brings into concentration the sexual discourses appear in a wealth of little-studied resource material--medical texts, felony files, spiritual literature, dream interpretation manuals, shadow theater, and travelogues--in a nuanced, wide-ranging, and powerfully analytic exploration of Ottoman sexual idea and practices from the heyday of the Ottoman Empire within the 16th century to the start of the 20th. Following at the paintings of Foucault, Gagnon, Laqueur, and others, the idea of the e-book is that individuals form their principles of what's permissible, outline obstacles of correct and fallacious, and picture their sexual worlds during the set of discourses on hand to them. Dror Ze'evi reveals that whereas a few of these discourses have been restrictive and others extra permissive, all taken care of intercourse in its many manifestations as a average human pursuit. And, he additional argues that every one those discourses have been reworked and eventually silenced within the final century, leaving little or no to notify center jap societies in sexual concerns. With its cutting edge process towards the historical past of sexuality within the center East, generating wish sheds new gentle at the historical past of the Ottoman Empire, at the background of sexuality and gender, and at the Islamic center East this present day.
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Extra info for Producing Desire: Changing Sexual Discourse in the Ottoman Middle East, 1500-1900 (Studies on the History of Society and Culture)
Yet the two main systems, îeriat and kanun, also created a kind of synergy to produce a manifestation of power, which, as Foucault rightly observes, did not merely repress sex, but through its various mechanisms— courts, legal formulas, judges, punishments—also produced and constituted desire. In other words, by creating the binary oppositions of right and wrong, licit and illicit, law had a major influence on definitions of sexual mores. 21 Chapter 3 examines the devotional script in its two major representations: Sufi and orthodox.
The position in which] the man is on his back and the woman gets on top of him may cause many kinds of damage. It is claimed that the woman’s water might enter the man’s penis. If this happens the man’s semen does not vacate completely, and many kinds of ailments await him. ”40 Medical tracts reiterate and reproduce some common views about the nature of intercourse and mainly those that place the male partner “on top,” in a position of power in relation to the sexual partner. Yet while these suggestions may have had their roots in common thought, it was more than just cultural preference couched in medical terminology.
All these categories are, naturally, very relevant to the understanding of sexuality. It seems that sexual difference was at the base of many such distinctions and characterizations and became one of the mainstays of the division into categories. The difference in humoral balance between 26 Chapter 1 men and women, for example, was developed mainly to account for their different sociosexual outlooks and gender definitions. Differences between old and young were in large part meant to account for variations in sexual prowess.
Producing Desire: Changing Sexual Discourse in the Ottoman Middle East, 1500-1900 (Studies on the History of Society and Culture) by Dror Ze'evi