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The Perfumed Garden

Sheikh Nefzaoui

Book Overview: 

A fifteenth-century Arabic sex manual and work of erotic literature. The book presents opinions on what qualities men and women should have to be attractive, gives advice on sexual technique, warnings about sexual health, and recipes to remedy sexual maladies. It gives lists of names for the penis and vagina, has a section on the interpretation of dreams, and briefly describes sex among animals. Interspersed with these there are a number of stories which are intended to give context and amusement. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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As old timey sex manuals go (somehow this has become my specialty while doing research for my own writing), I'd put this in the same vein as Capellanus's "The Art of Courtly Love," except "The Perfumed Garden" is more raunchy, like the "Kama Sutra." I think it's funnier than the "Kama Sutra" thou...more

يصعب تصنيف هذا الكتاب الذي كتب في بدايات القرن الخامس عشر ، ومدى فائدته للقارئ ، فالشيخ النفزاوي يتناول في هذا الكتيب كل ماله علاقة بالجنس بين الرجل والمراة ، إبتداء بالمستحب من المواصفات في الرجال والنساء والمكروه من صفاتهما ، وإنتهاء بالاعشاب والمقويات الجنسية ، متخللا كل هذا بحكايات شعبية وابي...more

"Your religion resides in your vulva, and the manly member is your soul."

A book about sex, with various positions, advices, medical hints, and anecdotes. Sounds like a run of the mill sex education book right?

Well, how about this. It was written sometime in the 15th century (around 600 years ago...more

A fine gift from a lover.

A Europa-América traz-nos “O Jardim Perfumado”. Uma obra da autoria do Xeque Nefzaudi que é uma leitura interessante sobre a arte do amor.
Desde a forma como as mulheres se deviam perfumar e comportar, às posições sexuais melhores para cada tipo de corpo das mulheres ou tamanho do pénis. Podemos t...more

Such books show to what extent woman is disparaged in the Muslim mindset-she is a tool of the devil and her schemes are huge while those of the devil are feeble, according to the Quran itself.

إِنَّ كَيْدَكُنَّ عَظِيمٌ that is, your schemes, women are grand, huge, massive, etc. (Yusuf verse 28)

إِ...more

كتاب في "المعاشرة" أو "الكاماسوترا العربية" كما اسميتها وأنا أحدث به أحد اصدقائي. كتاب يبدو وأنه مشهور ولكني لم أكن أعرف عنه شيئا - ولا حتى العنوان و لا الكاتب - قبل هذا الأسبوع. قراءة ممتعة ،مضحكة أحيانا لقدم "الوسائل" و-"الطرق" المستعلة ولكنها مفيدة في الجملة :)

A book advised by Kumar. I found of it a version digitized on the site of BNF. It is a kind Romans Courtois of the Middle Age. But sex is present, naturally, a quest of pleasure . It is a translation a little old-fashioned of the end of XIXth. And I understand the fascination of this people for t...more

Similar in content to the Kama Sutra, but doused with stories and hence reminiscent of 1001 Arabian Nights. It's also noticeably misogynistic.

The most informationally~oriented chapters:
Chapter 8 : around 68 euphemisms for the male member, with a mid~chapter discussion on dreams.
Chapter 9 : Ditto...more

كسابقه " الروض العاطر في نزهة الخاطر " لنفس الكاتب الشيخ العلامة سيدي محمد النفزاوي حديثه عن النكاح ويتحفنا بنوادر عصره الجنسية.. الكتاب مسل على كل حال، على الرغم من ' فضاحة ' الكتاب إلا انه يعطيك فكرة عن الجنس في هذا العصر والطرق التي يتناولها بها الناس ويفكرون إزاءه.. ولا غرابة ان نجد نفس العقل...more

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