Growing Up Sexually





SAUDI ARABIA(Arabs, Bedouin)


IndexMiddle East Saudi Arabia



“In Jiddah girls begin to wear the veil before they reach puberty, but veiling becomes mandatory with the onset of menstruation” (Altorki, 1986:p36)[1]. Cole (1977:p103 / 1985:p208-9)[2]documents that among the Al Murrah nomads the veil is worn “past puberty”. Premarital sex is uncommon for males, and taboo for females.



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Janssen, D. F., Growing Up Sexually. VolumeI. World Reference Atlas. 0.2 ed. 2004. Berlin: Magnus Hirschfeld Archive for Sexology

Last revised: Sept 2004




[1] Altorki, S. (1986) Women in Saudi Arabia. New York: ColumbiaUniversity Press

[2] Cole, D. P. (1977) The household, marriage and family life among the Al Murrah nomads of Saudi Arabia, in Ibrahim, S. E. & Hopkins, N. S. (Eds.) Arab Society in Transition: A Reader. [Cairo]: AmericanUniversity in Cairo, p88-106. Reprinted in ibid., Arab Society: Social Science Perspectives, 1985, p196-211