Daniel Newman’s critical edition of The Sultan’s Sex Potions by Naṣīr al-Dīn al-Ṭūsī is out now!
Composed at the request of the Sultan himself, the aphrodisiacs as well as sexual practices and positions presented by al-Ṭūsī enjoyed a ‘royal warrant of appointment’ to arouse the lust for coitus and enhance sexual potency.
The volume includes a critical edition of three Arabic manuscripts accompanied by an English translation as well as an introduction to Arabic erotic literature, a biography of the author, a bibliography of erotological works and extensive indexes.
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Mosaic Rooms for the panel discussion with Brian Whitaker, Malu Halasa and Shereen El Feki.
For those who didn’t have the chance to attend, you can listen to the panel discussion by clicking on the links below:
Part 1 (Panel Discussion)
Part 2 (Q&A)
Panel discussion on sexuality in the Arab World in the Mosaic Rooms in London on 6 November 2013 at 7 pm.
For more information, click here.
Welcome to the wonderful world of mediaeval Arabic erotica!
I’m working on a long-term project which will result in the translation and/or edition of classical Arabic erotic works, the earliest dating from the 9th century A.D. The site will give you some details about the background, history and literary genres dealing with sexual practices, hygiene, etc., as well as about the books I’m preparing at the moment, all of which will be published by Saqi Books, in London.