Inhorn is a trailblazer in medical anthropology, and The New Arab Man addresses astonishing gaps in gender studies and related fields. Against this backdrop of neo-Orientalist representation, this paper presents a humanizing portrayal of ordinary Middle Eastern men as they struggle to overcome their infertility and childlessness. All of a sudden, my driver, Hamza, ¹ put the car in reverse, literally backing up on the busy highway. There, they all waited for six weeks, wondering what had become of their homes, their property, their communities, and the rest of Lebanon. Since September 11th, 2001, Arab men have been particularly vilified as terrorists, religious zealots, and brutal oppressors of women. Stanford anthropologist Marcia Inhorn's impeccably researched book The New.
Specifically, I was asked by the Iranian Shia conference organizers to represent the Sunni Muslim position on this subject vis-à-vis my earlier scholarly work in Sunni Egypt. Through Hamza, I learned much about what it means to be an ordinary man in a Middle Eastern country wracked by political violence. He was able to rent a Druze-owned house, where he deposited his immediate family members. Learning that Hamza had no children after more than ten years of marriage, I suspected that he might be infertile. Hamza described his life in Sharjah as a mostly happy time.
The New Arab Man challenges these stereotypes with the stories of ordinary Middle Eastern men as they struggle to overcome infertility and childlessness through assisted reproduction. Inhorn's engagin writing style, clear analysis of relevant literature and theory, and compelling interviews make this book an excellent choice for both undergraduate and graduate collections. Trenchant and emotionally gripping, The New Arab Man traces the emergence of new masculinities in the Middle East in the era of biotechnology. My relationship to Hamza was very much affected by our respective positionalities. Although I came to know Hamza best, he is but one of the hundreds of Middle Eastern men who told me their stories.
They were still completing a series of fertility tests and were putting together the requisite money U. Perhaps because his job was to transport foreigners, he kept his political convictions to himself. Sidon , near their home village. Yet above all, The New Arab Man effortlessly succeeds in offering 'a more realistic and humanizing portrayal of Middle Eastern men's lives. Rates of consanguineous marriage in the Middle East 10. And I have some great news to tell you! The preceding two months had been a tense period in Lebanon, with several acts of violence toward British and American interests in reaction to the war in Iraq.
This finding is counterintuitive, for infertility is widely considered within the Middle Eastern region to be an inevitable source of marital duress and eventual divorce. My father had done so much for the party. Druze are a minority religious sect in Lebanon, loosely related to the Shia but with their own communities and religious practices. Nonetheless, Hamza and Janna lived happily for more than a decade as a childless Middle Eastern couple. Media image of King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, before his death on August 1, 2005 4.
There is now even one ethnography on sexuality and sexual practice from contemporary Iran. Still, this allows room for the substantial adoption of reproductive services that present a challenge to traditional perceptions of masculinity. Ethnographic accounts of masculinity are rare and tend to focus on the manly subjects, such as physical training, sport, education, wage earning, and militarism. Media image of a rally by Al-Qaeda supporters 7. Afghanistan, Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan, Syria, and Saudi Arabia constitute a second tier of ethnographic attention, with at least ten books on each country, many of them quite old and outdated. I was raised as a secular humanist Unitarian on the far left end of Christianity and am decidedly agnostic. These are followed by numerous ethnographies of place—namely, villages, towns, urban quarters, minority ethnic enclaves, and migrant neighborhoods—which are heavily overrepresented among the remainder.
He and his wife had been longing for a child for more than a decade. However, recent Shia Muslim fatwas have challenged this ban, leading to a thriving donor technology industry in both Iran and Lebanon. But, when we needed them, they disappointed us. Perhaps this was the reason for his tenderness toward my children, as he held their hands across the street or carried them sleepily from the back seat of his car. There were five sons and five daughters, with Hamza the middle son. He said that he would travel to southern Lebanon to pick up Janna, so that they might both see me at the hotel the following afternoon. As forty thousand Syrian troops entered the country, Hamza also had his first run-in with Syrian soldiers, who, without provocation, beat him up to show him a lesson.