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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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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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Reflections on the 2014 LGBTQI Muslim Retreat

As a queer Muslim, I have often felt like a living contradiction of identities. Crashing into my burgeoning acceptance of my queer self were friends who saw it as their religious duty to explain to me how diametrically opposed this identity … Continue reading

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Night’s Journey Rage

I. The Raging Storm I sometimes lie awake at night Feeling the anger bubble up inside me Like a growing storm Sucking the life out of me Like the atmosphere absorbs moisture So that water transforms into darkness. I want … Continue reading

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Orthodoxy, Queer Identity, and the Need for Meaning

A few years ago I took a course on early Christian theology where I read On the Incarnation by St. Athanasius of Alexandria. It was interesting: contemporary with the Council of Nicaea it can be read as a kind of … Continue reading

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Not Accidental, Not a Fiction

Don’t tell me that I don’t know. Don’t tell me that I have no knowledge. Who I am is not an opinion up for debate and the story I tell about myself is not a fiction written by lust— that … Continue reading

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