An extensive collection of essays that examines the place of homosexuality in the contemporary and classical Muslim world.
* Includes the work of 21 contributors, each a groundbreaking scholar on this multifaceted subject
* A foreword by Parvez Sharma, filmmaker of A Jihad for Love
Number of pages: 503
Weight: 1161 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 53 mm
"Presented in two volumes by Habib (U. of Western Sydney, Australia), this collection contains 20 papers examining a diverse set of issues concerning homosexuality in the Islamic world. The first volume concentrates on the experiences of homosexual minorities across the breadth of the Islamic world and includes comparison of the persecution of homosexuals in Islamic Malaysia and secular China, the impact of 9/11 on gay Muslims in the United States, male homoerotic desire and sociability in medieval Arabic literature, gays in American-occupied Iraq, gay autobiographical writing about the Hajj, the ideological underpinnings of gay advance in Muslim-majority societies as witnessed in online chat rooms, female masculinities and the Malay Muslim community of Singapore, and neo-orthodoxy and the debate on the unlawfulness of same-sex relations in Islam. Topics addressed in the second volume include the social construction of religious realities by queer Muslims, synthesizing tradition and modernity in the question of homosexuality in Islam, narratives from diasporic Muslim women on identity and gay liberation, hegemony and hybridity among queer Australian Muslims, queer Turkish organizations in Berlin and the marketing of diversity, and sexualities and the social order in Arab and Muslim communities." - Reference & Research Book News
"A timely work for both public and academic libraries, this set undoubtedly will engender intensive, if not heated, discussion. Essential. Lower-level undergraduates through graduate students; general readers." - Choice