That Awkward Moment When...: An Explanation of How Britain Made the Modern Arab World Homophobic

Sayles, Sequareah (2015) That Awkward Moment When...: An Explanation of How Britain Made the Modern Arab World Homophobic. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Ross Haenfler from Sociology, The University of Mississippi.

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It is well documented that over the last decade, LGB individuals in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have become more subjected to increased harassment, abuse and, perhaps, even torture at the hands of police officials. What is also well documented, but rarely mentioned is the prominence of homosexuality and its suggested acceptance in literature during the Islamic Golden Age (622-1258). So, what happened? Using an interdisciplinary approach, this thesis sheds light on the reasons for the attitudinal change regarding homosexuality between the Islamic Golden Age and contemporary Islamic states in the MENA region after 1918. These are the influences from colonialist hegemonies as well as the opportunity to exploit “sacrilegious-ness” and the need for social and moral restoration in order to achieve political gains.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Sayles, Sequareah
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in International Studies
Thesis Advisor: Ross Haenfler
Thesis Advisor's Department: Sociology
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CB History of civilization
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Depositing User: Ms. Sequareah Sayles
Date Deposited: 12 May 2015 18:21
Last Modified: 12 May 2015 18:21

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