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Love: Modern Discourses: Arab States
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Conceptions of love shifted substantially in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century Arab world, catalyzed by reform movements associated with modernization and nationalism. From a classical dialectic between the sacred and profane emerged a new discourse on love (ḥubb) and attraction (jādhibiyya) closely linked to secular concerns – namely, the scientific organization of relationships between the sexes, family, household, and nation.

Toward the end of the nineteenth century, Egyptian reformists like Rifāʿa Rafiʿ al-Ṭahṭāwī and Muḥammad ʿAbduh were reasse…

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McLarney, Ellen, “Love: Modern Discourses: Arab States”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 January 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0180a>
First published online: 2009

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