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Queer Jews, Queer Muslims

Race, Religion, and Representation

Through a curated selection of scholarship, Adi Saleem demonstrates that representations of Muslim and Jewish sexuality are often racialized and gendered in parallel ways as non-Western, deviant, and dangerous within Euro-American modernity. Contributors reckon with the intertwined past and present of Islamophobia, antisemitism, racism, coloniality, misogyny, and homophobia through distinct and complementary perspectives. In the first of three sections, scholars investigate the construction and performance of multiple identities and the crossing of boundaries. Studies of scriptural texts and media discourse as they shape perceptions of Jewish and Muslim gender and sexual minorities follow, highlighting how these representations impact the lived experiences of queer Jews and Muslims. The final section examines the efforts of contemporary queer Jews and Muslims to organize and form communities to forge solidarity in the face of multiple forms of oppression and marginalization. In conversation with Islamic studies, Jewish studies, and queer theory, this collection explores the interrelated experiences and representations of Jewish and Muslim minorities in Europe while triangulating the Jewish-Muslim dyad with a third variable: queerness.

About the Authors

Adi Saleem is an assistant professor of Romance languages and literatures and Judaic studies at the University of Michigan. He is a cofounder and coordinator of the Jewish-Muslim Research Network (JMRN), an international research network of over two hundred scholars of Jewish and Muslim studies. His research focuses on the intersection of race and religion, or religion as race, particularly in relation to Jews and Muslims. He is currently working on a project examining the genealogies of French and European antisemitism and Islamophobia in the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. His recent work has appeared in Contemporary French Civilization, French Cultural Studies, Modern & Contemporary France, and the Journal of Language and Sexuality. He lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Reviews

"Adi Saleem has done an extraordinary job gathering a number of essays that, from a diversity of disciplinary frameworks, offer truly novel contributions to an emerging field of study. The purpose of the book—the interrogation of boundaries of agency, interpretation, and representation of Jewish/Muslim, Jewish-Muslim, and Jewish and Muslim queerness—helps to break naturalized and universalized binaries not only in academic spaces but also in the public sphere. This is a must-read for scholars and communities interested in Jewish and Muslim studies, religion, gender and sexuality, and social interpretations of interreligious dynamics."—Santiago Slabodsky, Florence and Robert Kaufman Professor in Jewish Studies, Hofstra University

"In a world where Jewishness and Muslimness are often cast as at odds—and where religion is often cast as at odds with queerness—this volume bravely challenges these binaries. Adi Saleem has brought together an impressive group of scholars whose collective contributions highlight the 'interactions, interrelations, and intersections between Jewish, Muslim, and queer identifications.' The interdisciplinary approach that is at the heart of this book beautifully captures the invaluable connections among gender, sexuality, literature, race, religion, media, representation, community, and solidarity. In critically examining categories inherited in academia and beyond related to these domains, this book is a laudatory form of queer knowledge production."—Sa'ed Atshan, associate professor of peace and conflict studies and anthropology, Swarthmore College

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