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Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims
Living Out Islam documents the rarely-heard voices of Muslims who live in secular democratic countries and who are gay, lesbian, and transgender. It weaves original interviews with Muslim activists into a compelling composite picture which showcases the importance of the solidarity of support groups in the effort to change social relationships and achieve justice. This nas ...more
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published December 6th 2013 by New York University Press
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Remarkable collection of stories from lesbian, gay, and transgender Muslims who have struggled and found many different ways to be true to their sexuality, gender, and religious identity. Hearing these stories helped give me a deeper appreciation of the important work gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslim activists are doing in their communities to overcome the "spiritual wounds" inflicted by those who claim to love us or by ourselves. I could see some common threads in my own experience, particu ...more
A look at and interviews with at 15 'activist', gay, lesbian, and transgendered Muslims, living in countries with democratic institutions and social systems with a secular separation between political rule and religious belief, as they attempt to find ways to live out Islam with dignity and integrity, reconciling their sexuality and gender with their faith and recreating and reclaiming Islam as their own.
Scott Kugle joins the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies in Fall 2010. He received his PhD from Duke University in 2000 in History of Religions after graduating from Swarthmore College with High Honors in Religion, Literature, and History. His dissertation, In Search of the Center: Authenticity, Reform and Critique in Early Modern Islamic Sainthood, examined Sufism in North Afric ...more