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Shereen El Feki

Shereen El Feki

Shereen El Feki is the author of Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World (Vintage, 2014), winner of the Bullough Prize and nominated for The Guardian First Book Award and the Orwell Prize; her TED Talk on her book has been viewed more than 1.3 million times since January 2014. Shereen started her career in medical science with a doctorate in immunology from the University of Cambridge, before going on to become an award-winning healthcare correspondent with The Economist and a presenter with Al Jazeera English. She is the former vice-chair of the UN's Global Commission on HIV and the Law, as well as a TED Global Fellow. Shereen sits on the board of a number of civil society groups working in the Arab region, among them the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality. With roots in Egypt and Wales, Shereen grew up in Canada; she now divides her time between London and Cairo.

Shereen has spent the past seven years travelling across the Global South, talking to people about sex - what they do, what they don't, what they think and why. She believes that sex is a powerful lens through which to understand any society, because what happens in intimate life is shaped by forces on a bigger stage - in politics and economics, religion and tradition, gender and generations - and vice versa. The personal and the political are intimate bedfellows, no matter where we live and how we love.

sexandthecitadel.com; @shereenelfeki

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Sex and society - what's not to love?

"If you really want to know a people, start by looking inside their bedrooms."

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