Jakob Pastoetter, Berlin:

Islam and Sexuality ­- Challenges to Western Society

The term "sexuality" has been invented in the 19th century. However, from the very beginning it was not regarded or used as an scientific category but ­ similar to "nature" ­ as objective and fitting term for a desire and activity as inborn as hunger, thirst, and sleep.

Rather than discussing the old "nature vs. nurture" conflict, the concept of sexuality in Islam will be discussed. The Western world knows little about Islamic sexual norms and values but there are many conflicts going on between Moslems and Western values, one of them being the difficulty of secular sex education in schools.

In the presentation, I will first outline the Islamic concept of sexuality as it can be found in the Koran. Keywords are "men and women as sexual persons" and "body concept". Also the problems of talking about sexuality in public will be discussed because this is one of the most relevant topics when it comes to conflicts with our Western political culture in general and sex education specifically.

About the Author:

Jakob Pastötter, Dr. phil. (PhD), M. A., Research Associate, Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology at Humboldt University, Berlin and Adjunct Assistant Professor American Academy of Clinical Sexologists at Maimonides University, Florida. He is Associate Editor of THE COMPLETE INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA OF SEXUALITY and Book Review Editor of SEXUALITY AND CULTURE. He is also Member of the Governing Board of DGSS (German Society for Social Scientific Sexuality Research) and of the International Academy for Sex Research (IASR).

Prof. (US) Dr. Jakob Pastötter
Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology
Humboldt University

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