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ERIC Number: EJ1121081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1361 7672
Constructing an Alternative Pedagogy of Islam: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Muslims
Shah, Shanon
Journal of Beliefs & Values, v37 n3 p308-319 2016
There is growing media interest in how lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) Muslims negotiate their seemingly incompatible religious and sexual identities. Thus, there is a need to investigate how some LGBT Muslims utilise Islam as a resource for alternative pedagogical strategies to reconcile their personal beliefs and values. Their strategies are especially significant given the prevalence of dominant Islamic teachings that forbid or condemn homosexuality and/or LGBT identities. This article draws upon qualitative research to illuminate how some members of "Imaan," an LGBT Muslim group based in Britain, developed an educational tool to impart pro-LGBT interpretations of Islam. It then shows how this strategy enabled these LGBT Muslims to engage in wider dialogue to advance more inclusive interpretations of Islam. In this way, this article suggests that alternative pedagogies are part of a wider response by some Muslims towards the politicised spotlight on Islam, particularly regarding gender and sexuality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Malaysia
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