Arab Sex Art: Star of the Internet (June 14, 2009)
In her Preface of “Love in the Moslem Countries” Fatema Mernissi wrote: “My editor wanted to publish an investigation on love in the Moslem countries that I had written 20 years ago and that I had published in the magazine “Jeune Afrique” (Young Africa). I told my editor that no one is interested to read Ibn Hazm (an expert on sex and seduction during the Arab Andalusia period around the year 1000). My academic friend that I had invited for lunch to extract information from said to me: “You are disconnected of the digital galaxy. The translated book of Ibn Hazm is the best seller on the internet.”
Fatema felt a surge of anger: her male friend was only 7 years younger; then how come he is connected and I am so far beyond in technology? Fatema learned that the search engine of Google had mentioned Ibn Hazm 200,000 times in less than 0.1 second. There is a site based in Paris Iqra Shop Com that offers CD to learn Arabic, the Koran and the Hadith for the francophone people and other clothing garments. The book of Ibn Hazm “The affinities of love and The Necklace of the dove” is sold for 12 Euro and described as a must read reference on the subtleties of love proper to Moslems. Thus, Fatema re-caled her editor and said “Ibn Hazm was right. Love is eternal. I will have to add a chapter on love in Islam in the time of Internet”
The Al Jazeera channel (the Arab counterpart of CNN) is based in Dubai and has Imam Qaradawi as star commentator on love and sex in Islam. Imam Qaradawi calls on an army of experts in religion, fekh, shari3a, psychology, psychoanalysis, sociology, and physicians of both genders to answer the thousands of questions that flood his bureau. Qaradawi posts his answers on the net (al internet wal-hub) and publishes booklets at low cost in matters of marriage and love for the adolescents and their parents. Islam Online has competitors in Muslima.com to aid searching for the appropriate partner in friendship, discussion, romance, and marriage. In the subject of romance the choc of civilization is a non issue because it is universal as the object of world ethic. For example, estimate in 1999 indicate that aging people had invested over a trillion dollars for rejuvenating their look, especially growing hair on their bolding skull.
Ibn Hazm was born in Cordoba (994-1064) of an aristocratic family. His father was vizier and he became vizier in Valencia. Ibn Hazm was polyvalent in erudition; he was grammarian, scientist, philosopher, and a religious jurist. He lived in a period as troubled as ours; he led the Zahirite movement against the rigid Malekite sect. He was made vizier twice and was incarcerated several times when power kept shifting among the warring factions in Andalusia. He came to the conclusion that the best remedy for the decomposition and disintegration of society was to learn authentic love and experience the power of “falling in love”
Other famous Arab authors in seduction are Ibn Al-Jawzi “Denigration of Love” (Dammu Al Hawa) and Ibn Qayyim Al Jawziyya “The Garden of lovers” Rawdat al muhibbeen). If all fails, you may fall back to “One thousand and one nights” where you find all kinds of detailed psychoanalytical description of emotions and sexual desires.
It appears that oil may deplete but the medieval archive of Arabic manuscripts on love, sex, and seduction is here to be mined, translated, published, and disseminated in all form of media because romance is for the eternity. The Arab civilization was the richest in the field of sexual desires; it dissected sexual desire in all its forms, shapes, and varieties; they explained sexual desire in the minute details, pornographically, physiologically, anatomically, and psychologically and left us scientific manuscripts in that field with accurate terminologies.
Note: I opened another category in my blog Adonis49 (Seduction/Love/Sex). You may start with the links for those interested in following the conversation: