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Dual Subordination: Muslim Sexuality in Secular and Religious Legal Discourse in India


Aziza Ahmed


Northeastern University - School of Law

2007

Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 4, No. 1, p. 1, 2007

Abstract:     
Muslim women and Muslim members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community face a specific form of dual subordination in relation to their gender and sexuality. A Muslim woman might seek solace from India’s patriarchal religious judicial structures only to find that the secular system’s patriarchal structures likewise aid in their subordination and create a space for new forms of such subordination. Similarly, a marginalized LGBT Muslim might attempt to reject an oppressive religious formulation only to come to find that the secular Indian state might criminalize a particular form of sexuality. This analysis explores how Indian laws “give meaning” to sexuality through the legal structures manifested by state and religious regulatory bodies and argues that both religious and state legal institutions need to be reformed to create a legal environment that furthers rather than inhibits a full realization of sexual rights.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 31

Keywords: sexuality, islam, muslims, india, LGBT, women

JEL Classification: K10, I10

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Ahmed, Aziza, Dual Subordination: Muslim Sexuality in Secular and Religious Legal Discourse in India (2007). Muslim World Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 4, No. 1, p. 1, 2007. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1779124

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Northeastern University - School of Law ( email )
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Boston, MA 02115
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