November 2016: States of Being: Narratives of Queer Muslim Diasporas in Contemporary Scholarship

Free public lecture given by leading academic, Samar Habib


Samar Habib

Wednesday 25th November 2015, 5.30pm-7pm, Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre 3

Samar Habib is the author of Female Homosexuality in the Middle East (Routledge, 2007) and editor of Islam and Homosexuality (Praeger, 2010). Her lecture marks the inauguration of Queering Islam, a new event series organised by Dr Alberto Fernández Carbajal (Leverhulme Fellow, School of English).

In recent years, we have seen an extraordinary scholarly preoccupation with Islam in the West and with queer Muslims in the diaspora. Habib argues this has been in response to an evident rise in queer Muslim organising and to their visibility in the diaspora, as well as in Islamophobic nationalist discourses. Habib will take a geographic survey of this abundance in contemporary scholarship in search of common threads and differences across national borders and contexts. These are some of the questions her talk will address: How do various nation states respond to the emergency of queer Muslims? How do queer Muslims narrate their identities in a diasporic, and often hostile, context? What questions do we as researchers ask and still need to ask?

This event is free and open to the public.


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