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

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Overview


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. One even appears to actively endorse love between men. 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. 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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  • ISBN-13: 9781851687015
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 2/15/2010
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 987,000
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vi

Acknowledgements viii

Illustrations x

Introduction 1

1 Islam on Trial: A Case Study 15

2 Liberating Qur'an: Islamic Scripture 33

3 Critiquing Hadith: Islamic Oral Tradition 73

4 Assessing Fiqh: Islamic Legal Reasoning 128

5 Reforming Shari'a: Islamic Ethics of Same-Sex Marriage 187

6 Reviving Spirit: Islamic Approaches to Transgender Experience 235

Conclusion: Embracing Islamic Humanism 269

Notes 275

Bibliography 308

Glossary 316

Index 322

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