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

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The first English-language book length treatment to offer a detailed analysis of how Islamic scripture, jurisprudence, and hadith can accommodate homosexuality and transgenderism.
Paperback, 344 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Oneworld Publications
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This is a book written by a Muslim scholar for the purposes of challenging Muslim viewpoints and beliefs. Out of necessity it will base its entire premise on the Qur'an and, to the best of its abilities, will also base its argument on what we know of the Prophet Muhammad's (pbuh) words. At times this could be tedious for a reader who is not religious or Muslim as it assumes a belief in the authenticity of the Qur'an and its divine authority over our lives. To that end, the arguments in the book ...more
Luna Hasani
I had conflicting feelings throughout this book, but I guess that was me being impatient. A really amazing and important read. Scott Kugle does a very good job at presenting a complete and comprehensive study on Islam's view regarding homosexuals and transgenders. The author provides the reader with views of Quran, Hadith (prophetic traditions), and Fiqh (Islamic jurisprudence). He reads very carefully through these sources and criticizes the patriarchal interpretations of the Quran, the accepta ...more
Amazing, thought provoking, should stir up quite a bit of critical assessment regarding the nature of sexual orientation in the context of Islamic theology, history and law. Basically two types of people will come out from reading this book. One: the person who sat there the whole time saying, this is all false, this is all false, and denying the facts presented. Two: the person who will never look at the theological material regarding this topic the same way ever again.
Incredibly interesting book/ essay. It should be read by everyone.
Ülkü Doğan
this is an incredibly comprehensive and very critical work. although I'm in the middle pages of the book, I wanted to leave a note here:

the author basically argues that the exclusionary rhetoric against homosexuality in islamic orthodoxy is/has been political. it is partly an outcome of struggles between sects (in hadith forgery section of the book) and has been a tool to ensure conformity to the authority.

according to the book,
1. there is not a direct reference in Quran regarding homosexuality
Kugle's premise is rather simple: he is choosing to explore LGT Muslims and see what the holy scriptures say about those identities. While the Qur'an and Hadith do not say outright that homosexuality is a sin, that can be implied in certain stories, for example, the one regarding Prophet Lut. Kugle systematically presents each verse pertaining to sexuality and conduct in the Qur'an using his own translation and questions the authenticity of Hadith. To this end, he rarely deals with the fundament ...more
An invigorating and mind expanding read that challenges popular conservative and patriarchal readings of scripture. Some of the discussion can be a bit tedious at times for someone well versed in the usual arguments and terminology but much new and insightful information is presented from classical and modern sources. Kugle argues for a version of Islamic humanism with great deference to classical scholarly maneuvers even while disagreeing with some of their conclusions. This book offers a compr ...more
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Start here if you want to know about Islam and homosexuality.
Very interesting, but I don't know how much it would appeal to readers outside academia.
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