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Masculinity, Homosexuality and the Defence of Islam: A Case Study of Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s Media Fatwa

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Scott Kugle,

Emory University, US
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Stephen Hunt

University of the West of England, GB
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Abstract

This paper analyses how Islamic Neo-traditionalists perceive gender constructs through a distorted view of religious texts and cultural conventions. It explores the ramifications of these constructs for attitudes towards same-sex orientations and relationships. These themes are discussed with reference to a case study of a TV talk show on 5 June 2006 by one conservative scholar-activist, Shaykh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, whose teachings have an impact in the Middle-East and on Muslim minorities in the West. The paper will demonstrate how al-Qaradawi articulates his views of homophobia as part of an agenda to reinforce perceived threats to Muslim masculinity.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/rg.7215
How to Cite: Kugle, S. & Hunt, S., (2012). Masculinity, Homosexuality and the Defence of Islam: A Case Study of Yusuf al-Qaradawi’s Media Fatwa. Religion and Gender. 2(2), pp.254–279. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/rg.7215
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Published on 15 May 2012.
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