American Muslim Response to Queer Visibility

23 Pages Posted: 19 Jul 2010 Last revised: 14 Sep 2010

Date Written: 2010


Muslims in the U.S. are by many indicators a well-integrated minority, comparatively well-educated, economically indistinct from the rest of the population, and with a set of attitudes compatible with the political mainstream. One of the few issue areas on which they stand out as distinctly conservative is on homosexuality, where rates of “disapproval” are at the same level as among evangelical Protestants. This view is reflected in the positions taken by most organized Muslim groups in the U.S., and almost certainly by the vast majority of religious leaders. There are indications of Muslims adapting their faith to the western context, and to intergenerational change in attitudes to sexual diversity, but increasing sensitive among American Muslims to the distrust or disdain to which their faith is subject, and to the heightened sense of scrutiny that they experience, may well be contributing to a retention of selective moral traditionalism.

Keywords: Mulsim, United States, Queer, Gay, Lesbian

Suggested Citation

Rayside, David, American Muslim Response to Queer Visibility (2010). APSA 2010 Annual Meeting Paper. Available at SSRN:

David Rayside (Contact Author)

University of Toronto ( email )

Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E6 M5S 3G8

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