Medieval Arab Lesbians and Lesbian-Like Women

@article{Amer2009MedievalAL,
  title={Medieval Arab Lesbians and Lesbian-Like Women},
  author={Sahar Amer},
  journal={Journal of the History of Sexuality},
  year={2009},
  volume={18},
  pages={215 - 236}
}
  • Sahar Amer
  • Published 2009
  • History, Medicine
  • Journal of the History of Sexuality
If t h e a b s e n c e o f a s p e c i f i c terminology to denote lesbianism in medieval Europe seems to have compromised the production of scholarship about same-sex love and desire among women, the existence of the label sahq and sihaqa, musahaqat al-nisa’, or sahiqa (Arabic words for “lesbianism” and “lesbian,” respectively) in medieval Arabic writings did not result in a richer critical production. In fact, if relatively little research has been conducted on female same-sex desire in… Expand

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