Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims

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New York University Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle is Associate Professor in the Department of Middle East and South Asian Studies at Emory University. His previous books include Rebel between Spirit and Law: Ahmad Zarruq, Juridical Sainthood and Authority in Islam; Sufis and Saints' Bodies: Mysticism, Corporeality and Sacred Power in Islamic Culture; and Homosexuality in Islam: Critical Reflection on Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims.

"An interesting, well-researched book; easy reading."--Choice
"As is the case with followers of other religious traditions, Muslims today are engaged in a passionate debate over gender and sexuality. Kugle provides an indispensable chapter in this saga by redirecting our attention to the voices and lived experiences of Muslim people who are living out this debate in the context of their everyday lives."--Omid Safi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"An excellent contribution to the emerging literature on LBGTQ Muslims. Living Out Islam provides fascinating biographies of Muslims facing both homophobia and Islamophobia in the context of modern secular democratic nation-states and creates a platform for LBGTQ Muslims to speak for themselves about their lives and struggles. I was riveted in following the details of their efforts to overcome the conflict of competing identities."--Amina Wadud, Starr King School for the Ministry
"Kugle's careful attention to the lived experiences and multiple contexts of gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims makes this a highly valuable and much needed contribution to the religious studies and gender and sexuality studies areas."--Sex Roles
"[] I applaud Kugles commitment to articulating the voices of this under-studied and much misunderstood minority. The 15 stories this book tells constitute a unifying narrative about the human capacity for positive meaning-making, as well as personal and socio-political change."--Sociology of Religion
"Persistently and helpfully rooted in Islamic texts, traditions and juridical practices, Kugles work . . . is clearly anchored to specifically Islamic communities and practices. The careful, knowledgeable, and conscious location of arguments buffers against a possible critique of being too & Western, or too & modernist, and subsequently that it cannot easily & fit into the study of Islam and Muslim societies. The experiences of Kugles research participants indicate clearly that even within conservative religious social spheres, some Muslims reconcile their identities as both queer and Muslim. This work is well-worth the read and should be suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate study as well as for those generally interested in gender activism, and complications that gender and sexuality bring to religious debate."--Sociology of Islam