Homosexuality in Islam

Homosexuality in Islam : Critical Reflection on Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims

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Homosexuality is anathema to Islam - or so the majority of both believers and non-believers suppose. Throughout the Muslim world, it is met with hostility, where state punishments range from hefty fines to the death penalty. Likewise, numerous scholars and commentators maintain that the Qur'an and Hadith rule unambiguously against same-sex relations.

This pioneering study argues that there is far more nuance to the matter than most believe. In its narrative of Lot, the Qur'an could be interpreted as condemning lust rather homosexuality. While some Hadith are fiercely critical of homosexuality, some are far more equivocal. This is the first book length treatment to offer a detailed analysis of how Islamic scripture, jurisprudence, and Hadith, can not only accommodate a sexually sensitive Islam, but actively endorse it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 153 x 234 x 25mm | 635g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1851687017
  • 9781851687015
  • 159,113

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A tour-de-force. Presents tricky problems in a straightforward way, without either intimidating readers or dumbing down the analysis. Brings crucial strands of the Muslim intellectual tradition into dialogue with today's pressing questions about ethics and justice.-- "Kecia Ali"
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About Scott Siraj Al-Haqq Kugle

Scott Kugle is the first Muslim to publish widely on the issue of homosexuality and Islam. An independent research scholar in Islamic studies, he has previously held positions at Duke University, the University of Cape Town, and Swarthmore College.
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As a queer Muslim convert this book gave me an adequate voice and a needed sense of certainty in my god's view of gender identity (plot-twist: He is happily indifferent). I couldn't go on thinking that if I did not tame "something as small" as my sexuality I didn't care to abstain for my lord. Now that I've read 1/2 the book I don't give it a second thought of worry. Kugle deconstructs dominant arguments found in religious thought in thee least aggressive way. He critically evaluates without pointing the finger, and yet a few pages in you'll find yourself knowing the absurdity of our oppressor's thought. He says everything I've ever wanted to say with the perfect words. I encourage all peoples to read this, after all Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world and yet the most hated and feared, so reading up on Islamic politics means you're supporting your Muslim neighbours. I am proud to have Kugle as my brother in faith and I'm PROUD to be a queer Muslim. All praise is due to Allah! :") (P.S. if you guys want to see some quotes from this book before deciding whether to buy you can find a few on my blog haha: eibmorb.tumblr.com/tagged/homosexuality-in-islam Happy reading!)show more
by Madeline Smith
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