ABSTRACT

This chapter concentrates on Western women tourists and argues that they travel to the Sinai in order to escape from Western modernity and that their ethnosexual encounters with local Egyptian and Bedouin men are based upon seeing the landscape and men of the Sinai as representative of some alternative to, or absence of, modernity. It focuses on the imaginations and positionalities of Western women tourists. Bowman describes these sexual relationships as a reassertion of masculinity with sex for conquest fuelled by a desire for revenge. The financial opportunities afforded by initiating relationships with European women certainly contribute towards their proliferation in the Sinai. Many relationships are confined to the tourist resorts of the Sinai where they began, and where modernity is seen to coexist, albeit in tension, with imaginations of an unmodern, premodern and anti-modern Sinai. The chapter discusses how Egypt is imagined and experienced as an exotic ancient and traditional Oriental environment by women tourists.