The sex life of Arabs is terra incognita for scientists and policy makers. Shereen El Feki. El Feki, a Canadian-Egyptian immunologist University of Cambridge and award-winning journalist for The Economist and Al Jazeera, spent the past five years taking the temperature in bedrooms across the Arab world - a region spanning 22 countries and numbering million people, in which the only acceptable, socially acknowledged context for sex is marriage Everyone talks about football, but hardly anyone plays it. In spite of this habitual reticence, El Feki was able to explore the substance of contemporary sex life in the Arab world, from Tunisia over Egypt and Saudi Arabia to Qatar. Across that vast region, the sexual experience is shifting, albeit at a tectonically slow pace.
Talking about sex no longer so taboo in the Arab world
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Over the past year, I have criss-crossed the Arab world for the BBC, making a series of short films on some of the women and men who are rewriting the rules - in and out of the bedroom. It's easy to look at the sexual landscape of the Middle East and North Africa and see only doom and gloom, from family preoccupation with female virginity to crackdowns on LGBTQ populations to media censorship ostensibly in response to online porn. Such hardline attitudes are reflected in opinion polls, such as the recent survey for BBC News Arabic of 10 countries in the region and the Palestinian Territories. Carried out by the Arab Barometer research network, the survey generated a few surprises - most respondents, for instance, accepted a woman's right to lead their country - but the overall picture was conservative and closed-minded on matters of sex and gender. Most still think the husband should have the final say on family matters, and "honour killing" is deemed more acceptable than homosexuality in six of the seven places where this question was asked.
In the Arab Bedroom: The Sex Life of Arabs
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Handbook of Healthcare in the Arab World pp Cite as. Transition to productive and healthy adults is further shaped by societal context, including gender and socialization process. In our region, young persons have been exposed and continue to be exposed to structural state-based violence as well as conflict and war that affect every aspect of their lives. Almost every country of the region has been affected by war or conflict over the last few years.