Friday Links

Ramadan isn't just a time where millions of Muslims fast - it's also a time where they're subjected to ignorant and irritating questions. Radhika Sanghani lists the worst. 'Miss Muslimah' Photos Show Just How Outdated Western Views Of The Muslim World Really Are. Instead of bathing suits there are headscarfs, competitors pray five times a day, and the winner is chosen by a jury of orphaned children. But the girls are similar to the girls in the West. Given the rise of hate crimes and … [Read more...]

Review of Loving You Wasn’t Enough

 Warning for Spoilers! Loving You Wasn't Enough is a book about an unexpected love between two Muslim girls. I stumbled upon it randomly on Amazon and was immediately excited by the premise. It a book that claims to explore homosexuality from a Muslim perspective, and it tells a story that is not talked about often. With the exception of Diriye Osman, the Somali-British short story writer and essayist whose stories are usually centered around LGBT Somali characters, I was yet to … [Read more...]

Not There Yet: Inclusion, Acceptance and Support for LGBTQ Muslims

Discussions on LGBTQ inclusion in Muslim communities are one of those things that make my blood boil because in my community, as in some others, Muslims who support same-sex unions and condemn homophobia tend to be disregarded. For many Muslims, the recognition of Muslims who may identify as queer or trans poses a challenge to many of our communities, either for our theological, cultural or political reasons.For me, speaking about LGBTQ Muslims has brought along a lot of contention among … [Read more...]

Discussing LGBTQ Issues in Islam: Shifts, or More of the Same?

Media coverage of LGTBQ issues in Islam is largely influenced by the political contexts in which it is discussed. LGTBQ Muslims are often categorized and talked about in all sorts of weird ways (as this post demonstrates). In the media, this gets expressed in different ways. Sometimes, coverage focuses on the theological debates surrounding homosexuality. In some other instances, Western media discusses LGTBQ rights in Islam as if they were a novelty and an import from the “LGTBQ-friendly West” t … [Read more...]