Islamic Homosexualities : Culture, History, and Literature

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  • Copyright: 1997-01-01
  • Publisher: New York University Press

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The dramatic impact of Islamic fundamentalism in recent years has skewed our image of Islamic history and culture. Stereotypes depict Islamic societies as economically backward, hyper-patriarchal, and fanatically religious. But in fact, the Islamic world encompasses a great diversity of cultures and a great deal of variation within those cultures in terms of gender roles and sexuality.The first collection on this topic from a historical and anthropological perspective, Homosexuality in the Muslim World reveals that patterns of male and female homosexuality have existed and often flourished within the Islamic world. Indeed, same-sex relations have, until quite recently, been much more tolerated under Islam than in the Christian West.Based on the latest theoretical perspectives in gender studies, feminism, and gay studies, Homosexuality in the Muslim World includes cultural and historical analyses of the entire Islamic world, not just the so-called Middle East. Essays show both age-stratified patterns of homosexuality, as revealed in the erotic and romantic poetry of medieval poets, and gender-based patterns, in which both men and women might, to varying degrees, choose to live as members of the opposite sex. The contributors draw on historical documents, literary texts, ethnographic observation and direct observation by both Muslim and non-Muslim authors to show the considerable diversity of Islamic societies and the existence of tolerated gender and sexual variances.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction to Islamic Homosexualities
Will Roscoe
Stephen O. Murray
The Will Not to Know: Islamic Accommodations of Male Homosexuality
Stephen O. Murray
Precursors of Islamic Male Homosexualities
Will Roscoe
Muhammad and Male Homosexuality
Jim Wafer
Woman-Woman Love in Islamic Societies
Stephen O. Murray
Part II: Literary Studies
Vision and Passion: The Symbolism of Male Love in Islamic Mystical Literature
Jim Wafer
Corporealizing Medieval Persian and Turkish Tropes
Stephen O. Murray
Male Love and Islamic Law in Arab Spain
Louis Crompton
Part III: Historical Studies
Male Homosexuality, Inheritance Rules, and the Status of Women in Medieval Egypt: The Case of the Mamluks
Stephen O. Murray
Homosexuality among Slave Elites in Ottoman Turkey
Stephen O. Murray
Male Homosexuality in Ottoman Albania
Stephen O. Murray
The Balkan Sworn Virgin: A Cross-Gendered Female Role
Mildred Dickemann
Some Nineteenth-Century Reports of Islamic Homosexualities
Stephen O. Murray
Gender-Defined Homosexual Roles in Sub-Saharan African Islamic Cultures
Stephen O. Murray
Part IV: Anthropological Studies
Institutionalized Gender-Crossing in Southern Iraq
Sigrid Westphal-Hellbusch
Bradley Rose
The Sohari Khanith
Stephen O. Murray
Male Actresses in Islamic Parts of Indonesia and the Southern Philippines
Stephen O. Murray
Two Baluchi Buggas, a Sindhi Zenana, and the Status of Hijras in Contemporary Pakistan
Nauman Naqvi
Hasan Mujtaba
The Other Side of Midnight: Pakistani Male Prostitutes
Hasan Mujtaba
Not-So-Gay Life in Pakistan in the 1980s and 1990s
Badruddin Khan
Two Islamic AIDS Education Organizations
Stephen O. Murray
Eric Allyn
Stephen O. Murray
Will Roscoe
Appendix 321(2)
Authors 323(2)
Index 325

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