The Making of a Gay Muslim

Religion, Sexuality and Identity in Malaysia and Britain

  • Shanon Shah

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Shanon Shah
    Pages 1-17
  3. Shanon Shah
    Pages 19-52
  4. Shanon Shah
    Pages 53-101
  5. Shanon Shah
    Pages 103-141
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    Pages 143-186
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    Pages 187-241
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    Pages 243-298
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    Pages 299-309
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 311-354

About this book


This book highlights the lived experiences of gay Muslims in Malaysia, where Islam is the majority and official religion, and in Britain, where Muslims form a religious minority. By exploring how they negotiate their religious and sexual identities, Shah challenges the notion that Islam is inherently homophobic and that there is an unbridgeable divide between ‘Islam’ and the ‘West’. Shah also gained access to gay Muslim networks and individuals for his in-depth research in both countries, and the book investigates the different ways that they respond to everyday anti-homosexual or anti-Muslim sentiments. Amid the many challenges they confront, the gay Muslims whom Shah encountered find innovative and meaningful ways to integrate Islam and gay identity into their lives.

The Making of a Gay Muslim will appeal to students and scholars with an interest in contemporary Islam, religion, gender and sexuality.


Minorty religion Majority religion Islam LGBT Homonationalism Postcolonialism Deviance Gay Muslim Sexuality and Islam Gay Expressions of Islam Islam and Homosexuality

Authors and affiliations

  • Shanon Shah
    • 1
  1. 1.St John’s VicarageLondonUnited Kingdom

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