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Menstruation

By: Abd al-Hamid, Ammar (1966-)Share

Language: English

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This daring novel by Syrian author Ammar Abd al-Hamid (1966-) explores contemporary themes related to sexuality, self-realization and repression within a religious framework. Hasan, the local imam’s son, has the strange ability to smell a menstruating woman among a thousand others. This helps him classify members of the opposite sex with whom he has little contact until the day he has a brief affair with a married woman. This sexual initiation irrevocably transforms him and shakes his entire system of beliefs. Hasan no longer knows what to believe in nor who he is, he just knows he has to avoid the marriage his father has arranged for him...

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By:Abd al-Hamid, Ammar (1966-)
Language:English
Format:Softcover
Pages: 163 pp
Publisher:Saqi Books, Beirut, 2001
Dimensions:14 x 21 cm
ISBN-13:9780863563126
Topic:Fiction - Sexuality - Contemporary Issues

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DESCRIPTION Hasan, the local imam’s son, has the strange ability to smell a menstruating woman among a thousand others. This helps him classify members of the opposite sex with whom he has little contact until the day he has a brief affair with a married woman. This sexual initiation irrevocably transforms him and shakes his entire system of beliefs. Hasan no longer knows what to believe in nor who he is, he just knows he has to avoid the marriage his father has arranged for him. Hasan’s story runs in tandem with Wisam’s, a friend of his sister’s, who is unhappily married and having her first lesbian relationship. Her sense of alienation from her husband, her frustration and her newfound sexuality echo Hasan’s questions about religion, identity and sexuality. Hasan and Wisam will both experience frustration, doubts and ultimately liberation in different ways. Their previously held notions about religion and sexuality are dramatically shaped by their new experiences and the influence of Nadim and Kindah, the progressive intellectuals who help them formulate a new worldview. Abdulhamid’s daring debut novel explores contemporary themes related to sexuality, self-realization and repression within a conservative religious framework and the ways people are able to reconcile themselves with a changing world. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Ammar Abdulhamid, Arabic عمار عبد الحميد , is a writer born in Syria, who holds a Bachelor Degree in History from the University of Wisconsin. Ammar Abdulhamid is a liberal Syrian pro-democracy activist whose anti-regime activities led to his exile in September of 2005. He currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, Khawla Yusuf, and their children, Oula and Mouhanad. He is the founder of the Tharwa Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to democracy promotion, peace-building and post-conflict reconstruction.
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