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Author Shah, Shanon, 1978-
Title The making of a gay Muslim : religion, sexuality and identity in Malaysia and Britain / Shanon Shah.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2018]

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Author Shah, Shanon, 1978-
Series Palgrave studies in lived religion and societal challenges
Palgrave studies in lived religion and societal challenges.
Subject Gay men -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Homosexuality -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Gay men -- Malaysia -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Gay men -- Great Britain -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Description 1 online resource.
polychrome rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Looking for Gay Muslims -- 3. Studying Islam and Homosexuality -- 4. Comparing Malaysia and Britain -- 5. Coming to Terms with Being Gay and Muslim -- 6. Gay Expressions of Islam -- 7. The Wider Politics of Halal and Haram -- 8. Conclusion.
Summary 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.
Note Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed October 25, 2017).
ISBN 9783319631301 (electronic bk.)
3319631306 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-319-63130-1
OCLC # 1006878672

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