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The New Arab ManEmergent Masculinities, Technologies, and Islam in the Middle East$
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Marcia C. Inhorn

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691148885

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691148885.001.0001

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Masturbation and Semen Collection

Masturbation and Semen Collection

(p.161) Chapter 5 Masturbation and Semen Collection
The New Arab Man

Marcia C. Inhorn

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores the tragic story of Shaykh Ali—a story of a devout Muslim man struggling with his infertile body, his attitudes toward sperm donation, and his unrequited sexuality. Shaykh Ali suffers from a preventable form of male infertility—namely, uncorrected, undescended testicles—which have stopped him from being able to produce sperm. Not all Middle Eastern men are as religiously pious as Shaykh Ali, nor have they suffered the same physical and emotional pain. Nonetheless, Shaykh Ali's story speaks in a powerful way to many of the themes in this study; including the role of Islam in shaping the uses of assisted reproductive technologies, Muslim men's general unwillingness to consider sperm donation as a solution to male infertility, and emerging areas of dissonance and dissent to the prevailing religious discourse.

Keywords:   male infertility, sperm donation, sexuality, undescended testicles, Middle Eastern men, Islam, reproductive technologies

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