Sexual diversity in Islam:
Is there room in Islam for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Muslims?

By Dr. Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle | Adapted for MPV by Tynan Power
​© 2010 Muslims for Progressive Values​

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This is adapted from the chapter “Sexuality, Diversity, and Ethics in the Agenda of Progressive Muslims” by Dr. Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle in Progressive Muslims (ed. Omid Safi). Dr. Kugle shows that Islam supports many kinds of diversity—and that sexual and gender diversity in particular were acknowledged in the Qur'an and by the Prophet Muhammad(PBUH). He shows that common punishments for homosexuality in Islamic countries have no basis in the Qur'an or sunnah (the record of the exemplary life of the Prophet Muhammad). Dr. Kugle's work shows that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Muslims do indeed deserve a place in Islam.

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Understanding sexual diversity in Islam
Homosexuality in the Qur'an
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MPV thanks the generous contribution of the Human Rights Campaign for making this adaptation possible.