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.
I have also published widely on Arabic geographical and travel literature (with special focus on Arab travellers to Europe in the 19th century). In 2009, I was the co-recipient of the World Award of the President of the Republic of Tunisia for Islamic Studies for the book entitled Muslim Women in Law and Society. Other works include An Imam in Paris (2004, 2nd ed. 2011), Arabic-English Thematic Lexicon (2007), Modern Arabic Short Stories: A Bilingual Reader (2008, with R. Husni), an A to Z of Arabic-English-Arabic Translation (2013, with R. Husni) and Arabic-English-Arabic Translation: Issues and Strategies (2015, with R. Husni) and Rifa’a al-Tahtawi: A Nineteenth-Century Egyptian Educationalist and Reformer (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).