The University of Leicester invites you to a Lecture and Q&A with leading academic Samar Habib on queer Muslims and migration. 


The lecture is FREE and taking place on 25 November between 5.30 and 7pm.

The work of Samar Habib, the trail-blazing author of Female Homosexuality in the Middle East: Histories and Representations (Routledge, 2007) and editor of Islam and Homosexuality (Praeger, 2010), has been central to the late critical exploration of Islam’s controversial relationship with homosexuality, a rich and complex history often shirked by conservative Islamic commentators and generally unknown to western onlookers keen to construct Islam as uniformly repressive. 

Habib’s lecture, entitled ‘States of Being: Narratives of Queer Muslim Diasporas in Contemporary Scholarship’, will explore the strand of academic work examining Muslim same-sex desire and migration. Habib argues that the rise in scholarly preoccupation with Islam in the ‘West’ and with queer diasporic Muslims is twofold: it is not only the result of organisation and visibility of queer Muslims in the diaspora, but also a response to Islamophobic nationalist discourses in the West. Habib will take a geographic survey of this abundance in contemporary scholarship on queer Muslim diasporas in search of common threads and differences across national borders and contexts.

Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, this lecture will be the inaugural event of Queering Islam, a new series of events in the academic year 2015-2016 probing the relationship between Islam and sexual non-normativity. The series is organised by Alberto Fernández Carbajal, Leverhulme Fellow at the School of English, University of Leicester, and leader of the 3-year research project Queer Diasporas: Islam, Homosexuality and a Micropolitics of DissentHe will introduce Samar Habib and lead a Q&A session after her lecture. If you have any queries, please contact the organiser at


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