Riding to the center of Earth: routes for an arab and indian erotica

This paper discusses the relevancy of Western theoretical and empirical concepts such as eroticism, gender, power and religion regarding narratives from Arabic, Persian and Indian traditions dealing with sacred sexuality. Furthermore it argues about the Muslim and historical concept called jahiyylia or "age of ignorance" as an essentialist concept which hides an amalgam of beliefs and ritual practices.

Sacred Eroticism; Arab; Persian and Indian Mysticism; Orientalism

Núcleo de Estudos de Gênero - Pagu Universidade Estadual de Campinas, PAGU Cidade Universitária "Zeferino Vaz", Rua Cora Coralina, 100, 13083-896, Campinas - São Paulo - Brasil, Tel.: (55 19) 3521 7873, (55 19) 3521 1704 - Campinas - SP - Brazil
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