Researcher in Residence: Mehrdad Alipour

THE AMSTERDAM CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF LIVED RELIGION WELCOMES RESEARCHER IN RESIDENCE MEHRDAD ALIPOUR

The Amsterdam Center for the Study of Lived Religion welcomes researcher in residence Mehrdad Alipour

Mehrdad’s research project starts from  observing strong opposition to homosexuality in Muslim patriarchal communities; both in the Islamic countries where Muslims are the majority and in the Western countries where they live as a minority. While an increasing majority of western citizens accepts homosexuality as an alternative life-style, Muslim communities still do not acknowledge gay rights and support hard punishment, up to death penalties. There seems to be no tolerance whatsoever towards individuals engaging in same-sex acts within Muslim patriarchal culture. 

The fact that Muslim culture is so harsh against homosexuality is influenced by many cultural, social, historical, and political factors. Highly influential is the patriarchal theology and ethics of Islam. The analysis of the role of religious patriarchy among Muslim communities and the alternative theological interpretations merit scholarly attention. The aim of Mehrdad’s study is to offer a critical reflection of patriarchal Islamic theology concerning same-sex desires and acts in order to create a wider conversational space.

This research will be embedded in the Contested Privates research project with support from the Centre for Islamic Theology.

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Cultures