Vanja Hamzić: Sexual and Gender Diversity in the Muslim World: History, Law and Vernacular Knowledge
VRUE Journal, Spring 2018, Forthcoming
7 Pages Posted: 10 Apr 2018
Date Written: 2018
This short book review reflects on the failures and subsequent successes to redress LGBTI, specifically transgender, discrimination in Pakistan. Although socio-legal commotion has warped the societal status of _hijras_ (gender-variant minorities) within the fabric of South Asian culture, the book under review investigates the legal, social and religious implications and complexities of human, sexual and gender diversity within Pakistan. The author compares these pluralities with a short ethnographic account of gender-variant Muslims in contemporary Pakistan, where Islamic law and human rights law remain in a cultural-relativist deadlock. This book seeks to explain that Muslim gender-variant subjectivities are not only the inactive subjects of the prevailing discourses of global human rights law and Islamic law, but also members of a _glocalised_ South Asian contestation which challenges the perverse ideology of hegemonic masculinity.
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