Gender & Sexual Variance in the Abbasid Golden Age

Event time: 
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 12:00pm
ISPS, RM A001 See map
77 Prospect St
Event description: 
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), A001
77 Prospect St., New Haven, CT 06511
(Location is wheelchair accessible)
Samar Habib, Associate Researcher at the Centre for Gender Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
We take a journey through the literature and folk tales of the Abbasid era of the 9th century in search for the sexual zeitgeist and ethos of the period and its peoples, paying particular attention to gender and sexual non-conformity. Dr. Samar Habib is an Associate Researcher at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She has made notable contributions in research on gender and sexuality in Arab and/or Muslim texts and contexts. Her books include: Female Homosexuality in the Middle East (London, New York: Routledge, 2007 & 2009); Islam and Homosexuality (Oxford, Denver, Santa Barbara: Praeger 2010), I Am You (Youngstown: Cambria, 2008); and Arabo-Islamic Texts on Female Homosexuality (New York: Teneo, 2008). Her second novel, Rughum & Najda, was published by Oracle Releasing, in March 2012. She has several published and forthcoming journal articles, encyclopedia entries and book chapters and has delivered and forthcoming public lectures in Turkey, the UK, Canada, Australia, the US and Palestine. Dr. Habib is the co-founder and General Editor of Nebula: A Journal of Multidisciplinary Scholarship, co-founder and publisher of African Nebula and is a former editorial board member of Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature.
Co-sponsored by the Yale Seminar in Religious Studies, the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program at Yale, and the Council on Middle East Studies at the MacMillan Center
Contact Information: CMES, 203-436-2553,
Open to: 
General Public