-- With a foreword from Jan Jaap de Ruiter. Translation and Afterword by Adi S. Bharat. --
Homosexuality, Transidentity, and Islam builds on existing scholarship in a variety of disciplines on the topic of gender and sexuality in Islam. In this concise-yet comprehensive-book, Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed systematically analyses the entirety of Islamic scriptural sources that relate to the question of gender and sexuality in relation to their historical contexts. In doing so, he argues that homosexuality and transidentity have a legitimate place within the Islamic tradition. Zahed also examines the historical and contemporary socio-political impacts of inclusive and exclusive (or, quite simply, homophobic, transphobic, and misogynistic) interpretations of scripture. Thus, this study dynamically examines the connections between scripture, interpretation, and the politics of gender and sexuality.
Trained in Algeria in Qur'anic exegesis (tafsir al-Qur'an) and Islamic orthopraxy (usul al-fiqh), Ludovic holds a master's degree from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris (ENS) and a doctorate from the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS). He is the founder of the only association of queer Muslims in France, the Homosexuels Musulmans de France (HM2F), as well as the first association for young people living with HIV/AIDS in France, the Tour du monde des enfants du sida (TMDES). In addition to numerous articles, he has written several books, which have been translated into different languages, amongst which Le Coran et la chair. As a practicing Muslim, he is also a staunch feminist and defender of the right of LGBTQ+ sexual minorities within Islam. He believes that Muslims, themselves occupying marginalized positions in many Western societies, can no longer, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, ignore homophobic violence and dehumanization of sexual minorities in the name of their religion. The entirety of his work, be it his scholarly contributions, his activism, or his journalistic interventions, seeks to effectuate nothing less than a paradigm change within Islam, arguing for the possibility of building an inclusive and emancipatory representation of Islam.