Especially Loved by Allah: Muslim and LGBTQ in Istanbul

  • ANN af BURÉN Södertörn University


The article builds on ethnographic fieldwork within the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer) milieu of Istanbul. It is based on material collected through participant observation and semi-structured interviews with people who at the same time selfidentify as practicing Muslims and have romantic and sexual relations with people of their own sex. The protagonist of the article is a pious Muslim woman who can be placed in the category of LGBTQ Muslims who do not seek coherence and are not involved in a reinterpretation of their Islamic tradition. The article explores the complex ways in which this woman handles the potential conflicts between her sex life and her religious beliefs, and points specifically to the way she supports herself on the firm belief that Allah loves and protects her.
How to Cite
af BURÉN, A. (2011). Especially Loved by Allah: Muslim and LGBTQ in Istanbul. Temenos - Nordic Journal of Comparative Religion, 47(1).