Introduction
Queering Islam and micropolitical disorientation
in Queer Muslim diasporas in contemporary literature and film
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This chapter contextualises the book’s scholarly contribution. The chapter begins with a critical survey of the complex historical relationship between Islam and homosexuality, with attention to the work of Scott Kugle, Samar Habib, and Khaled El-Rouayheb. The chapter establishes that the current Islamist dismissal of homosexuality does not hold when considering Islam’s deeply embedded cultural homoeroticism. In dialogue with Joseph Massad and Habib, the chapter furthers a blended model of sexuality which strategically adopts constructionist and essentialist perspectives. This is aided by the elasticity and multivalence of the term queer, which is offered as an anti-normative positioning against the strictures of both Western homosexual ethnocentrism and Muslim homophobia. Inspired by the work of Gayatri Gopinath, Sara Ahmed, Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, this chapter coins the term queer micropolitical disorientation, arguing that queer Muslims in the diaspora disorganise both nationalist and diasporic ideologies with their dissenting sexualities. The chapter proposes an antithetical methodology, via the work of Edward Said, Peter Morey and Amina Yaqin, which ‘writes back to power’ and which is attentive to cultural and political specificity.

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