Between Allah and me : God is the judge

University essay from Uppsala universitet/Teologiska institutionen

Author: Emelie Wester; [2017]

Keywords: LGBT; Quran; Lesbian; Gay; Muslim; Homosexuality;

Abstract: The purpose of this research was to look into the issues one might encounter as a gay and lesbian Muslim with especial focus on the individual experience. I was interested in analyzing the dynamics of one's sexual identity interconnecting with one's religious identity with the assistance of identity theory, personality and culture concepts. I interviewed three different individuals who are all practicing Muslims and live openly as gay in their community, and gathered secondary resources to gain insights from gay, lesbian and transgender Muslims from other communities. The research disclosed individuals’ perceptions on the legitimacy of homosexuality in Islam and their lived experiences regarding their sexuality and the role their culture has played.

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