Queer Muslim Resources

On this page you will find a list of books, articles, websites, groups, etc. on everything queer Muslim related. When I was first attempting to work out my sexuality and faith, it was frustrating that essentially the only resources google could dig up for me were conservative, homophobic ones, and fatwas on how being gay is a test from Allah, what punishment we deserve, and on and on.

This list is a work in progress, so do check in periodically! Also, suggestions to add to this list are always welcome!

Books

Ali, Kecia. Sexual Ethics and Islam: Feminist Reflections on Qur’an, Hadith, and Jurisprudence (note: a new edition of her book is being released in 2016)

El-Rouayheb, Khaled. Before Homosexuality in the Arab-Islamic World, 1500-1800

Esack, Farid. Qur’an, Liberation & Pluralism

Habib, Samar, ed. Islam and Homosexuality (2 volumes)

Kugle, Scott Siraj al-Haqq. Homosexuality in Islam: Critical Reflections on Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims

Kugle, Scott Siraj al-Haqq. Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Muslims

Murray, Stephen and Will Roscoe, ed. Islamic Homosexualities: Culture, History, and Literature

Wadud, Amina. Qur’an and Woman: Rereading the Sacred Text from a Woman’s Perspective

Articles

Creating space: mosques affirming all bodies, minds, and hearts

Gay and Muslim? the advice you should have received

Gay Muslims–the elephants in the (prayer) room

Life as a Gay Imam

Groups/Orgs/Retreats

Bedayaa

This is a group that supports LGBTQI persons in Egypt and Sudan. Some of their work is in psychological services for queer minorities, sex education, outreach and legal services, as well as promoting the social acceptance of sexual and gender minorities in their two countries. Website is in English and Arabic.

El-Tawhid Juma Circle

This is a beautiful self-described “human positive” mosque in Toronto, Canada founded in 2009 by El-Farouk Khaki, Troy Jackson, and Laury Silvers. The mosque does not divide prayer space by gender. Most of the community is demographically straight, the mosque being a safe alternative space from more mainstream mosques and Islamic centers.

Global Queer Muslim Network

Launched in 2014 and initiated by the Inner Circle in South Africa, this group seeks to build bridges between various groups around the world advocating for the rights of sexual and gender minorities in both predominantly Muslim countries and diaspora communities. Website is in English.

Imaan

Queer Muslim organization in Great Britain.

The Inner Circle

This is a wonderful group based in Cape Town, South Africa that supports queer Muslims. They also host an international queer Muslim retreat and conference that connects social activists, faith leaders, scholars, and others. Website is in English.

Twitter: @TIC_SouthAfrica

Iraqi LGBT

LGBT Muslim Retreat

An amazing annual retreat that happens every May in Philadelphia. When I think of where my home community is, I always think of this retreat.

Maruf

Maruf is a group for queer Muslims in the Netherlands. Their website is in Dutch.

Twitter: @stichtingmaruf

Merhaba

This is a support group for LGBT+ Muslims in the Netherlands. The website is in English, French, and Dutch.

Muslim Alliance for Sexual and Gender Diversity (MASGD)

Muslims for Progressive Values

This is a liberal and open-minded organization of Muslims that has come out in support of LGBT+ rights and queer Muslims. They have several chapters in the United States, as well as Canada, Australia, Malaysia, South Africa, and France.

Proud Lebanon

Blogs/Websites

Ify Okoye: Muslim, writer, RN, embodying a safer space

Laury Silvers

Islam and Homosexuality: information on sexual diversity in the muslim community

 

 

 

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