Islam and AIDS: Between Scorn, Pity, and Justice

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Islam and AIDS is the first book to comprehensively address the HIV/AIDS pandemic from an Islam perspective, with contributions from a number of internationally known activists and scholars of Islam. Religious leaders, whether Muslim or Catholic, have been frequently accused of denying the AIDS pandemic and encouraging the stigmatization of people living with the illness. While often true, this view ignores the fact that religious communities have also been at the forefront of addressing the epidemic, which ...
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Islam and AIDS is the first book to comprehensively address the HIV/AIDS pandemic from an Islam perspective, with contributions from a number of internationally known activists and scholars of Islam. Religious leaders, whether Muslim or Catholic, have been frequently accused of denying the AIDS pandemic and encouraging the stigmatization of people living with the illness. While often true, this view ignores the fact that religious communities have also been at the forefront of addressing the epidemic, which afflicts thirty million worldwide, and devastates the lives of many more. With an introduction by Peter Piot, Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, this landmark work provides an insight into new and exciting possibilities of critical and progressive Islamic approaches, in both law and ethics, to one of the most urgent crises facing humankind today. Farid Esack is Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies, Harvard University, and author of The Qur’an: A Beginner’s Guide. Sarah Chiddy has master's degree from Harvard Divinity School and works as a spiritual counselor for people with HIV and AIDS in Boston.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851686339
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 1/16/2009
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Farid Esack Esack, Farid Sarah Chiddy Chiddy, Sarah 1

1 Afflicted by God? Muslim Perspectives on Health and Suffering Abdulaziz Sachedina Sachedina, Abdulaziz 13

2 The AIDS Crisis: an Islamic Perspective Malik Badri Badri, Malik 28

3 AIDS and the Wrath of God Sindre Bangstad Bangstad, Sindre 43

4 When Fahishah Becomes Widespread: AIDS and the Ibn Maja Hadith Nabilah Siddiquee Siddiquee, Nabilah 59

5 The Shari'ah and AIDS: Towards a Theology of Compassion Mohammad Hashim Kamali Kamali, Mohammad Hashim 76

6 Gender Justice, Islam, and AIDS Clara Koh Koh, Clara 88

7 Fatal Confluences? Islam, Gender, and AIDS in Malaysia Marina Mahathir Mahathir, Marina 105

8 The Muslim Man and AIDS: Negotiating Spaces for New Conceptualizations of Masculinity Trad Godsey Godsey, Trad 119

9 AIDS, Muslims, and Homosexuality Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle Kugle, Scott Siraj al-Haqq Sarah Chiddy Chiddy, Sarah 137

10 On Sex, Sin, and Silence: An Islamic Theology of Storytelling for AIDS Awareness Kate Henley Long Long, Kate Henley 154

11 The Qur'an, Poverty, and AIDS Caitlin Yoshiko Buysse Buysse, Caitlin Yoshiko 169

12 Muslims, AIDS, and Justice: Beyond Personal Indictment Kabir Sanjay Bavikatte Bavikatte, Kabir Sanjay 186

13 Injecting Drug Use, HIV, and AIDS in the Muslim World Chris Byrnes Byrnes, Chris 196

14 HIV, Addiction, and Justice: Toward a Qur'anic Theology of Liberation Laura McTighe McTighe, Laura 211

Afterword: Ideals, Realities, and Islam: Thoughts on the AIDS Pandemic Kecia Ali Ali, Kecia 228

Notes on Contributors 236

Endnotes 241

Index 251

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