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Fertility, Reproduction and Sexuality: Social and Cultural Perspectives

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Reconceiving Muslim Men

Love and Marriage, Family and Care in Precarious Times

Edited by Marcia C. Inhorn and Nefissa Naguib

346 pages, 1 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-882-3 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Not Yet Published (June 2018)

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“This volume is an important correction to various types of literature, from within anthropology as well as from other disciplinary fields… it will become a significant contribution to the field of masculinity in general and to Muslim men in particular.” · Leif Manger, University of Bergen


Through nuanced anthropological accounts of Muslim men’s everyday lives in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and diasporic communities in the West, Reconceiving Muslim Men challenges pervasive Western stereotypes of Muslim men as patriarchal and oppressive by demonstrating instead the diverse and creative ways in which they seek love and fulfillment within marriage, family, and community life. The volume showcases their humanity, exploring how they enact sexuality, reproduction, parenting, familial caregiving, and civic engagements amid economic and political precarity, and seek to challenge broader systems of patriarchy and oppression while fulfilling their masculine commitments to the women, children, and families they love.

Marcia C. Inhorn is the William K. Lanman, Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs in the Department of Anthropology and Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale University. A specialist on Middle Eastern gender, religion, and reproductive health issues, she has conducted research on the social impact of infertility and assisted reproductive technologies in Egypt, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, and Arab America over the past thirty years, and is the author of five award-winning books on this subject.

Nefissa Naguib is Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo. She has written on the social life of food and water, the dynamics of gender, culture and identity, cosmopolitanism and the politics of memory, and globalization and humanitarianism. Her most recent monograph is Nurturing Masculinities: Men, Food and Family in Contemporary Egypt.

Subject: General Anthropology Gender Studies Sociology


Marcia C. Inhorn and Nefissa Naguib


Chapter 1. Gender Troubles in Shatila, Lebanon: Bodies that Matter (the Fidāʾiyyīn’s Heroism) and Undoing Gender (the Shabāb’s Burden)
Gustavo Barbosa

Chapter 2. A Man in Love: Men, Love, and Hopes for Marriage in Cairo
Mari Norbakk

Chapter 3. Shaping a ‘Different’ Masculinity: Subjectivity, Agency, and Cultural Idioms among Afghan Pashtun Men
Andrea Chiovenda

Chapter 4. From Soft Patriarch to Companionate Partner: Muslim Masculinity in Java since the ‘New Order’
Nancy J. Smith-Hefner

Chapter 5. ‘Supportive’ Masculinities and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome: Changing Gender Relations in Contemporary Urban India
Gauri Pathak


Chapter 6. Teaching Him to Care: Labor and the Making of Working-Class Men in Urban Egypt
Farha Ghannam

Chapter 7. The New Kurdish Man: Men as Refuge-Granters, Doting Family Members, and Romantics
Diane E. King

Chapter 8. Am I Muslim or Just Kazakh? Politics of Care in Postsocialist Kazakhstan
Ainur Begim

Chapter 9. Brothers in Islam: Faith and Care among Muslim Men in Brazil
Gisele Fonseca Chagas

Chapter 10. How to Be a Man: Everyday Care and Piety among South Asian Muslim Men in Barcelona
Guillermo Martín-Sáiz


Chapter 11. General Tarzan the Coach: Humanitarian Detours in the Career of a Central African Man-in-Arms
Louisa Lombard

Chapter 12. ‘And What Will Our Children Eat?’ Dispossession and Food Insecurity among Makonde Men on Tanzania’s Swahili Coast
Vinay R. Kamat

Chapter 13. Moral Masculine Intimacy: The Care and Protection of the Living and the Dead among Muslim Migrant Men Living in Greece
Tina Palivos

Chapter 14. Casualties of Fatherhood: Syrian Refugee Men and Nurturance in the Arctic
Nefissa Naguib

Chapter 15. Searching for Love and Test-tube Babies: Iraqi Refugee Men in Reproductive Exile on the Margins of Detroit
Marcia C. Inhorn


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