Since Sept. 11, 2001, Arab men have been particularly vilified as terrorists, religious zealots and brutal oppressors of women.
Against this backdrop of neo-Orientalist representation, Marcia C. Inhorn, the William K. Lanman Jr. Professor of Anthropology and International Affairs at Yale University, presents a humanizing portrayal of ordinary Middle Eastern men as they struggle to overcome their infertility and childlessness. Contrary to popular expectations, male infertility is more common than female infertility in the Middle East, and many Middle Eastern men are engaged in high-tech forms of assisted reproduction. In today's Middle East, men are rethinking their "Islamic masculinities" as they undertake transnational quests for conception out of devotion to the wives they love. In forwarding the trope of "the new Arab man," Inhorn questions taken-for-granted assumptions about Middle Eastern men as men in an era of emerging science and technology.
The Sabbagh Lecture is presented by the UA School of Anthropology through the generosity of Tucsonans Entisar and Adib Sabbagh. The Sabbaghs have sponsored the series for 21 years.