Everyone talks about football, but hardly anyone plays it. But in Algeria, it is not. You describe the difference between the various Arab countries concerning the attitude towards sex. So men will be sent to a rehabilitation centre, but not women. So many men have a problem with producing a semen sample, even for infertility treatment. Many women will not even shake hands with a man. Sex in the Arab world is an enigma, an Egyptian gynaecologist explains to El Feki:
But the majority of men said they wanted to marry a virgin.
In the Arab Bedroom: The Sex Life of Arabs
While people were assuring me that HIV was not a problem in the Arab world, I met entire families who were infected. The Arab world is not a hopeless place. My book argues for a change along those lines, but within an Islamic context. This is a highly emotive issue. Across that vast region, the sexual experience is shifting, albeit at a tectonically slow pace. The creativity and innovation in matters of sex education were remarkable. Only 12 people showed up.