What if the classic sensual tome The Arabian Nights: Tales from a
Thousand and One Nights
had been written by a scientist? A scientist
who specializes in sexual health and public policy - and also has a wicked sense of
humour? This week on Tapestry, Mary speaks to Shereen El Feki
, an expert on Arab sexuality.
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El Feki, who has a Ph.D. in molecular immunology, is the author of Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World.
She believes sex is a powerful lens through which to explore vital questions of humanity: human rights, reproductive freedom, sexual orientation, dignity, intimacy, expression. To add Islam to the mix makes this an incendiary topic to many people. Yet, in her view, "the Arab world was once open to the full spectrum of human sexuality and could be so again."
To see her book cover image up-close, check out Sex in The Citadel's website
Later on the programme, standing over a grave and feeling a connection. Toronto radio producer Hassan Ghedi Santur
travels to Paris to visit the grave of his literary hero, Oscar Wilde.
The playwright died a lonely death in Paris in 1900, after years in jail for engaging in homosexual acts. Fast forward a century and a bit, our colleague Hassan is traveling to Somalia to produce a documentary
for the CBC Radio programme Ideas. He decides to stop over in Paris to make a pilgrimage to Oscar Wilde's grave site.