Transgender issues in the Middle East

Part Two: A history of ambiguity

A Mesopotamian goddess, possibly Ishtar

The ‘hidden sex’ of a khuntha

Eunuchs: crossing and guarding boundaries

Castration

Mukhannathun: the effeminate men of Medina

The erotic dancers of Cairo

Ghawazee: female dancers

Oman: the man in a pink dishdasha

Wikan’s photo of a xanith/khanith in Oman

A gun-toting Iraqi woman

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Former Middle East editor of the Guardian. Website: www.al-bab.com. Author of 'Arabs Without God'.

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Brian Whitaker

Brian Whitaker

Former Middle East editor of the Guardian. Website: www.al-bab.com. Author of 'Arabs Without God'.

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