Author Archives: Garrett Kiriakos-Fugate

About Garrett Kiriakos-Fugate

grad student in Islamic studies, student of architecture, queer, radical moose+lamb, language nerd, folk dancer, musician, lover of books and writing

Queerness, Embodied Shame, and Saying “no” to Marriage

Recently, a gay Muslim friend asked me when I was getting married. I could have laughed. Kept the question in the realm of the jocular. Instead, I responded that I didn’t really want marriage anymore. “Why? I thought that was … Continue reading

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Resurrection before resurrection

The altar was a home where belonging was never settled, around which every space and no space was for those in love with God’s body, every place and no place for loving Christ with all our hearts and all our … Continue reading

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Book Review: Anthony Petro’s After the Wrath of God

In After the Wrath of God, Anthony Petro writes about the role American Christianity has played in shaping the religious, political, and moral discourses on the AIDS epidemic. Christian responses to the epidemic were diverse and Petro goes beyond those … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jahangir and Abdullatif’s Islamic Law and Muslim Same-Sex Unions

Islamic Law and Muslim Same-Sex Unions is an important contribution to the academic discourse that attempts to formulate queer-affirming approaches to Islamic texts and traditions. Junaid Jahangir and Hussain Abdullatif write about the juristic and exegetical work of Muslim scholars, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Najmabadi’s Professing Selves

In Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran, Afsaneh Najmabadi writes about the lives of contemporary transgender Iranians. In several ways, her book is a sequel to her Women with Mustaches and Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual … Continue reading

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Mourning Karbala and Remembering the Other’s Story

Yesterday was Ashura and that means, as a Sunni, it was an optional day of fasting. For Sunnis, the day has celebratory connotations. According to a hadith it is the day God saved the Israelites from Pharaoh. But to the … Continue reading

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Mourning Tragedy and Addressing Anger: Thoughts on the Shooting in Orlando

Sunday, July 12 2016, I will always remember as the day I woke up to the post-tragedy grief of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando. As I write this the day after, I still find trouble finding the right … Continue reading

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