Living out Islam : voices of gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims /

Documents the voices of Muslims who live in secular democratic countries and who are gay, lesbian, and transgender. The text weaves original interviews with Muslim activists into a composite picture which showcases the importance of the solidarity of support groups in the effort to change social rel...

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Main Author: Kugle, Scott Alan, 1969-
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:New York : New York University Press, [2014]
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Main Author:Kugle, Scott Alan, 1969-
Summary:Documents the voices of Muslims who live in secular democratic countries and who are gay, lesbian, and transgender. The text weaves original interviews with Muslim activists into a composite picture which showcases the importance of the solidarity of support groups in the effort to change social relationships and find ways to live out Islam with dignity and integrity, reclaiming their faith as their own.

2015 Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award presented by the Stonewall Books Awards of the American Library Association


Muhsin is one of the organizers of Al-Fitra Foundation, a South African support group for lesbian, transgender, and gay Muslims. Islam and homosexuality are seen by many as deeply incompatible. This, according to Muhsin, is why he had to act. "I realized that I'm not alone--these people are going through the very same things that I'm going through. But I've managed, because of my in-depth relationship with God, to reconcile the two. I was completely comfortable saying to the world that I'm gay and I'm Muslim. I wanted to help other people to get there. So that's how I became an activist."




Living Out Islam documents the rarely-heard voices of Muslims who live in secular democratic countries and who are gay, lesbian, and transgender. It weaves original interviews with Muslim activists into a compelling composite picture which showcases the importance of the solidarity of support groups in the effort to change social relationships and achieve justice. This nascent movement is not about being "out" as opposed to being "in the closet." Rather, as the voices of these activists demonstrate, it is about finding ways to live out Islam with dignity and integrity, reconciling their sexuality and gender with their faith and reclaiming Islam as their own.

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Physical Description:x, 265 pages ; 24 cm
Awards:Stonewall Book Award-Nonfiction, 2015.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-254) and index.
ISBN:9781479894673 (pb)
1479894672 (pb)
9780814744482 (hardback)
0814744486 (hardback)