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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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Sperm Donation and Adoption

Sperm Donation and Adoption

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(p.228) Chapter 7 Sperm Donation and Adoption
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The New Arab Man
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Marcia C. Inhorn

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691148885.003.0008

This chapter analyzes how the vast majority of Muslims, both Sunni and Shia, reject both sperm donation and adoption as solutions to male infertility and childlessness. In the Arab countries, sperm donation is practiced only in Lebanon, but there, too, it meets with ardent resistance on the part of most men. The chapter narrates the story of Hasan, a police officer in southern Lebanon, who believes that he cannot regard a child conceived through donor sperm as his legitimate son. Hasan's reaction is not surprising in that assisted reproductive technologies evoke strong feelings about kinship. Of all of the anthropological work that has been written about the assisted reproductive technologies, the most substantial and most foundational is that which explores the effects of these technologies on kinship and family life.

Keywords:   sperm donation, adoption, Sunni Muslims, Shia Muslims, male infertility, childlessness, Arab countries, legitimate child, kinship

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