The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Body in Beirut

Yesterday's Washington Post had an article about a new cultural magazine in Beirut dedicated to the body (It's called  جسد, "body"). The first issue included "fiction, essays and other literary works about foot fetishism, homosexuality and cannibalism."

The magazine was launched by poet and an-Nahar editor Joumana Haddad.
Haddad said her magazine doesn't have an equivalent, not even in the Western cultures she is familiar with."It doesn't exist there simply because they don't need it. In the West, people own their bodies. In the Arab world, our bodies have been stolen from us," she said.

That's a pretty stilly and debatable generalization. And I just can't get any sense from the article as to what this magazine is actually like. (I'm curious why it has a lot of subscribers in Saudi Arabia--did they order it just based on the title?) It all seems pretty gimmicky.