chapter  11
29 Pages

Arabic Political Memoirs

Sex and power are perhaps the two most potent urges which can seize men and possess them. But the received wisdom of mankind has recognized that ecstatic and ineffable as are the pleasures they can procure, yet they must be approached with fear and circumspection, since they can also unleash chthonic forces and lead to terror and madness. Both Athens and Jerusalem taught this in their different ways, and their legacy was taken up and appropriated by both Muslims and Christians.