Islam, Sexuality, and Gender Identity

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The terms LGBT and Islam mentioned together in a sentence rarely evoke positive
connotations. Rather, LGBT and Islam are often considered inherently incompatible.
While there is little evidence on which an inherent incompatibility can be claimed,
persecution of LGBT people across the globe is routinely carried out in the name of
Islam. Yet at its heart, Islam can be a powerful force acknowledging sexual and gender diversity. Of all the world’s great religions, Islam is arguably the most sex positive of all.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford Research Encyclopedias
EditorsWilliam R Thompson
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780190228637
Publication statusPublished - 23 Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • LGBT
  • LGBT politics
  • gender
  • sexuality
  • Islam
  • religion

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