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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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Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
I finally finished this! It's the kind of book I wanted to tear through, but couldn't, because it's non-narrative nonfiction, so I had to read it in small bits in order to absorb. I am not an expert on homosexuality in Islam, by any means, and so I'm not well-versed in what other progressive scholars have said, but I was intrigued by his analysis. Kugle is a USAmerican Muslim, and also a scholar of Islam. This book is helpfully broken down by source of argument, so he devotes different chapters ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A mammoth of an effort, very brave, and very laudable.

If you really want to read about the depth with which the issue of sexual orientation & gender identity has been faced with, this book goes very deep. There has been so much tribulation in terms of how the debate gets smothered & diverted by prejudices, the use of weak single-transmission hadiths even by religious authorities, the misinterpretation of Qur'anic verses, & of course, the ever-stubborn oppressiveness of patriarchy tha
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Sep 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Atika  Patel
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to read this book as I had a lot of other books for university to read. However, when I started to read it I could not put it down.

I am a heterosexual Muslim who is a big supporter of LGBT rights. I love reading yaoi but at the same time I am a practicing Muslim. I never really thought about how LGBT rights conflicted with Islamic teachings. To me, I saw the two things as being separate. I only started to really think about it when the Orlando shooting happened. If you are a
Oct 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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.
Dec 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Incredibly interesting book/ essay. It should be read by everyone.
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Feb 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Very interesting, but I don't know how much it would appeal to readers outside academia.
Nov 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
i am thinking that this book will help me to increase my knowledge
Nov 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Start here if you want to know about Islam and homosexuality.
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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
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