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REL 3145 Lecture 16: Kugel

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Florida State University
REL 3145
Lauren Cosgrove

Majo Cardenas #8 November 4, 2016 Scott Siraj Al-Haqq Kugle “Sexual Diversity in Islam: Is there room in Islam for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Muslims?” 595 Kugle’s main question posed is “Is there room in Islam for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Muslims?”, he answers this by using himself as an authority figure and answering a series of questions. Kugle points out that there are different ways to interpret the text that has previously been studied, and this in turn produces different interpretations of what the text can mean. The way the references he points to have been read is what leads to an exclusion and hate towards LGBT Muslims within the community due to a clear misunderstanding/interpretation. By answering the questions that Kugle lays out for himself, it allows him to answer common concerns and questions often posed in regards to interpretations, sex, and homosexuality in Islam. As the first part of this text, Kugle explains the difference between sex and sexuality, along with the relevance of both in Islam. He brings up how sex is viewed as good and a part of different relationships, not just marriage. He also brings up how sex is not only for man and women, but heterosexual sex was referred to in the texts because that was the most common for people at the moment, not because it was the only correct choice. Kugle then looks at how homosexuality is never actually condemned and sexual diversity is actually brought up in the Qur’an. Kugle makes it a point to tell us that homosexuality is slightly brought up but never in a negative or reprehensible manner. The references that Kugle uses to make his point are the Qur’an, hadith, Islamic law, and Hadd crime. The 3 ways of reading a text are
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