The following account is difficult to read. It refers to a culture of brutality and dominance among Arab men and boys, one that has a long pedigree and has proven particularly prevalent in Islamic societies.
Until the late 20th century, open discussion of such matters in the West was prevented by the taboo against overtly sexual topics, especially where they concerned sexual deviance. More recently, after the era of sexual liberation began, a different taboo emerged in the new culture of Politically Correct Multiculturalism. The new rules might be summed up in a single commandment: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any social customs in non-Western cultures.” Thus the prevalence of pederasty in the Arab world was hushed up.
In recent years, due in part to the decade-long involvement of Western troops in Afghanistan, information about the Afghan custom of “dancing boys” — in which adult men take pretty pre-pubescent boys as their catamites — has gradually percolated into Western consciousness. But similar practices in the Arab world have remained more occluded.
Our Russian correspondent Russkiy, who is now fluent in Arabic, has undertaken the arduous task of translating part of sociological treatise on homosexuality in Iraq that was written by a renowned Iraqi scholar in the 1960s. It reveals a male society that resembles the deformed culture found among men in Western prisons.
Nowadays, with an Islamic Reformation well underway throughout the Arab world, entire nations are effectively being converted into giant open-air prisons.
Homosexuality in Iraq and Saudi Arabia
When one visits websites or watches recorded discussions of proponents of Islamic Sharia, one cannot but notice a strong focus on morality in the Western world, or rather the lack thereof. The discussions normally revolve around women not being covered up appropriately, or the presence of homosexuals in public view, or both issues at the same time.
Recently I visited a Saudi atheist discussion forum found on Paltalk. The participants in the discussion deliberated on the issue of homosexuality in Saudi Arabia. Some surprising numbers were discussed. One person in the forum argued that if Saudi rulers don’t do something quickly to address the problem, 100% of the male population will be homosexuals. The reason given for this was that level of sexual frustration amongst Saudi men had reached unprecedented levels. It was mentioned that in the past the problem didn’t exist for the following reasons:
- Early marriages for both men and women
- Availability of slaves
At the beginning of King Feisal’s reign (1964-75) slavery was abolished as a result of Western pressure. Since then, due to social changes in the kingdom, the age of marriage has slowly increased. Pornographic material easily available through the Internet has been a big factor in exciting the young male population of Saudi Arabia without allowing any release.
This discussion reminded me of something I read in a book entitled Studies in the Nature of Iraqi Society written by the celebrated Iraqi professor of history and sociology Ali al-Wardi and first published in 1965. I have translated a section of the book that deals with precisely the issue discussed by the Saudis in the forum. My explanatory notes appear in square brackets.
The following translated excerpt begins on page 322 under the heading “Homosexuality in the Cities”:
The reality is that custom of homosexuality was widespread in the Iraqi cities during the period of Ottoman rule. It is possible to explain this phenomenon by the following:
- The street upbringing — as we discussed, the kids on the streets considered homosexuality (active as opposed to passive) a symbol of domination and took pride in it. They would refer to it as “breaking of an eye”. The active participant in the act felt that he had subdued the passive participant by “breaking his eye” and shaming him with it continuously. Often as the result of that, the dominated boy would develop a personality disorder, causing him to feel inferior in the eyes of his peers, who would in turn take advantage and pick on him.
And when the children grew up, that habit remained with many of them. It is not uncommon to see grown men take pride in and brag of such things in a similar manner to what they were used to in their childhood. Because of this, a phenomenon known as “cramp” had spread amongst the common people. It refers to taking revenge on someone by trapping and binding, then raping him. The “cramped” person might have remained his entire life with a “broken eye” [the author implies social infamy and personality disorders which resulted from the act]. As for the perpetrator of the cramping, he takes pride in what he has done. I personally know a person — he now has attained prominence in society — who used to head a gang for perpetrating cramping. It is thought that he still takes pride in the former “glory” of his.
- Prevalence of Hijab [by Hijab, in this case, the author implies gender segregation as currently practiced in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and not just the hair covering] — it has been scientifically proven that the percentage of homosexuals in any society is proportional to the extent of gender segregation in that society. This is of course quite natural, as a human being is instinctively drawn towards contact and enjoyment of the opposite sex. Therefore if for whatever reason it happens that members of the opposite sex was separated from him, he will start trying to substitute for that contact by relations with the same gender. This is what causes some men, in societies where gender segregation is prevalent, to copulate with adolescent boys, due to their resemblance to women, until appearance of a beard, at which point they would be left alone.