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Siraj (2009) The construction of the homosexual ‘other’ by British Muslim heterosexuals Siraj (2009) employs interview data gathered from heterosexual male and female Muslims, to explore their attitudes towards homosexuality along with their perceptions of gender. The study participants all resided in Glasgow, and identified themselves as ethnically Pakistani, Iraqi, Indian, British, Egyptian, and Moroccan. In view of the denunciation of homosexuality in Islamic theology (which the author contends has fuelled a tendency towards homophobia amongst Muslims) the participants’ responses were analysed in an attempt to find out whether or not their views had been shaped by their Islamic values and beliefs. During this process the author considered factors such as the age of participants, their gender, level of education and their individual level of religiosity. This analysis then contributed to the attempt to explore the influence of such factors on respondents’ attitudes. Siraj (2009) found that negative attitudes towards homosexuals were prevalent among the interviewees. These views resulted from religiously conservative views of gender and homosexuality which stemmed from theologically based homophobia. Read More Visit site £ Glasgow City Journal article
Siraj (2010) “Because I’m the man! I’m the head”: British married Muslims and the patriarchal family structure This study by Siraj (2010) explores how married Muslim couples in Glasgow employ religion in to reproduce patriarchal family structures and gendered identities. Siraj (2010) examines participants’ views of such hierarchal structures. The author also explores how, as husband and wife, the couples negotiate their roles and how the role of ‘head of the family’ is constructed. The author reviews previous studies of Muslim masculinities in a UK context and includes clarification of the meaning of sex, gender and masculinity for the respondents. The research also seeks to understand how respondents differentiate gender roles accordingly. The author identifies the Qur’an as the source for the justification for the dominant position of men in the Muslim family unit and an interesting discussion on these discourses is included in this paper. For further studies on Muslim masculinities and gender, see also Hopkins (2004), Hopkins (2009), Siraj (2009), Siraj (2011a), and Siraj (2014). Read More Visit site £ Glasgow City Journal article
Siraj (2011a) Isolated, invisible, and in the closet: The life story of a Scottish Muslim This study by Siraj (2011a) examines sexuality and Islam against the backdrop of life in Glasgow. In recent years, much research on lesbian identity and male homosexuality within an Islamic context has been published. Siraj (2009) explores Muslim attitudes towards homosexuality and perceptions of gender, Siraj (2014) explores how Muslim men construct and articulate their masculine identity and Hopkins (2009) presents related research. Yet research combining Islam and lesbian sexuality has been noticeably absent. Consequently, Siraj (2011a) responds to this research gap publishing an account of the life experiences of a Scottish Muslim lesbian woman living in Glasgow. The account sheds light on an important, hitherto untold and often hidden story. Read More Visit site £ Glasgow City Journal article
Siraj (2011b) Meanings of modesty and the hijab amongst Muslim women in Glasgow, Scotland Siraj (2011b) provides a fascinating insight into debate surrounding the wearing of the hijab by Muslim women in Glasgow. The debate centres around whether or not the hijab is an obligatory part of Islamic dress for women. The issue is contested by Muslim feminists and traditional Muslim scholars. In addition, the author explores the meanings Muslim women in Glasgow attach to the hijab and modesty. Data is collected though interviews with female Muslim respondents half of whom did not wear the hijab. The study delivers some interesting findings, principally that both wearers and non-wearers of the hijab expressed consensus on the value of the hijab in relation to female modesty. Respondents were, however, divided on the issue of whether or not the hijab is a necessary piece of clothing. This study by Siraj (2011b) places the topic within a distinctly Scottish context and reveals the central importance of the concept of space to veiling practices. Read More Visit site Free Glasgow City Journal article