Since 2011, much has been written about the Arab Spring and Egypt in particular. Most have covered politics, history, the east-west paradigm, or religion, but Canadian-Egyptian writer Shereen El Feki chose a very different point of departure. In her book, Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World, she explores sexuality in the Middle East and the taboos and customs that go with it.
"If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms", El Feki says, explaining her interest in the topic. And she's got a point; insight into the rites and rituals surrounding people's attitudes and behaviour towards sex indeed provides a wealth of knowledge about their culture.