Amsterdam Centre for Middle Eastern Studies

Sexuality in Classical and Contemporary Islam: Continuity or Rupture?

Lecture by Michiel Leezenberg

14Sept2017 17:00 - 19:00


Harems, veils, honor killings, sex slaves, stoning of adulterers, homosexuals thrown out of towers... Islam has the reputation of being repressive and violent when it comes to sexuality. But that has not always been the case.

Not so long ago, Europeans saw Islam like an overly loose religion that encouraged dissolution and exchange of partners, and that made Muslim men effeminate and fatalistic.

Michiel Leezenberg is an associate professor at the Department of Philosophy of the University of Amsterdam. Among his publications are an award-winning history of Islamic philosophy and, recently, De minaret van Bagdad: Seks en politiek in de Islam.

Admission free, drinks after.

Location: PC Hoofthuis 1.05

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