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Siraj (2009) The construction of the homosexual ‘other’ by British Muslim heterosexuals

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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.

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Siraj, A. (2009) The construction of the homosexual ‘other’ by British Muslim heterosexuals. Contemporary Islam, Vol.3(1), pp.41-57.

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