Identity Experience among Progressive Gay Muslims in North America: A Qualitative Study within Al-Fatiha

Omar Minwalla, B. R.Simon Rosser, Jamie Feldman, Christine Varga

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This qualitative study aims to document the identity experience of progressive gay Muslim men in a North American context. Six in-depth interviews, supplemented with participant observation, were conducted of gay Muslim men who attended an international conference for lesbian., gay, bisexual., transgendered, and questioning (LGBTQ) Muslims. For progressive gay Muslims such as these, a Muslim identity appears three-dimensional (religious, ethno-cultural, and color) when integrated with a gay identity. As a religious identity, gay Muslim’s relationship to Allah (God) and a reinterpretation of the Qur’an and traditional condemnation of homosexuality appears necessary. As a cultural identity, East-West ethno-cultural differences that impact on homo-sociality and gay identity construction, marriage and the impact of coming out on the Eastern family and siblings emerged as critical issues. As a color identity, internalized racism, dating relationships and social dynamics within gay subculture as Muslims of color in a white dominant context appear key challenges.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReligion and LGBTQ Sexualities
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Essays
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781351905091
ISBN (Print)9781472447722
StatePublished - Dec 5 2016

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Stephen Hunt 2015. For copyright of individual articles please refer to the Acknowledgements.


  • Al-Fatiha
  • Gay
  • Muslim
  • homosexuality
  • religious identity


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