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This book highlights the lived experiences of gay Muslims in Malaysia, where Islam is the majority and official religion, and in Britain, where Muslims form a religious minority. By exploring how they negotiate their religious and sexual identities, Shah challenges the notion that Islam is inherently homophobic and that there is an unbridgeable divide between 'Islam' and the 'West'. Shah also gained access to gay Muslim networks and individuals for his in-depth research in both countries, and the book investigates the different ways that they respond to everyday anti-homosexual or anti-Muslim sentiments. Amid the many challenges they confront, the gay Muslims whom Shah encountered find innovative and meaningful ways to integrate Islam and gay identity into their lives.

The Making of a Gay Muslim will appeal to students and scholars with an interest in contemporary Islam, religion, gender and sexuality.


"The key strength of this book is its comparative approach that demonstrates the constructive nature of faith and sexuality through different historical, political, social and demographical contexts, within which gay Muslims make sense of, receive/reject, negotiate, express/suppress their faiths and sexualities. ... this book certainly serves as a great reference to interested scholars and gay Muslim individuals in understanding these two seemingly 'incommensurable' identities in Europe and Southeast Asia." (Chua Hang-Kuen, Journal of Malaysian Studies, Vol. 38 (1), 2020)
"The Making of a Gay Muslim, is not just important in terms of expanding our knowledge about the complex interfaces between sexual orientations and religious affiliations. ... . Thick description has been applied throughout the book, as the author records in detail the design process of the project and how the data were collected, interpreted and eventually formulated into concrete findings and conclusions. At every stage, the descriptive parts are interlaced with critical analysis and (self-)reflection." (Carool Kersten, Religion, State & Society, Vol. 47 (1), 2019)

"Shah's prose is vivid and energetic, and the reader feels drawn to the text and the writer. Stories and observations are interspersed with references to academia, activism, and religious writing, adding weight to the powerful participant views. The writing style is also supported by an honest and transparent approach. ... The Making of a Gay Muslim is an excellent and engaging work which deserves to be widely read." (Alexander Toft, Reading Religion,, September, 2018)


Auteur Shanon Shah



GTIN 9783319631295

Verschijningsdatum 27.10.2017

Taal Engels

Pagina-aantallen 354

Product type Boek

Maat 210 x 156 x 148  mm

Gewicht van product 5812 g

The Making of a Gay Muslim

Religion, Sexuality and Identity in Malaysia and Britain

Shanon Shah

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