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77378 151 157 77378 151 157 1995 181 112009 Gay Travels in the Muslem World 18Michael T Luongo 11 2001 Gay 18500 (((EPUB))) ⇨ Gay Travels in the Muslim World ⇩ Travel beyond the fear and paranoia of to experience Muslim cultureGay Travels in the Muslim World journeys where other gay travel books fear to tread Muslim countries This thought provoking book tells both Muslim and non Muslim gay men s stories of traveling in the Middle East during these difficult political times The true, very personal tales reveal how gay men celebrate their lives and meetings with local men, including a gay soldier s story of his tour of duty in Iraq Insightful and at times sexy, this intelligent book goes beyond and the present political and cultural divides to illustrate the real experiences of gay men in trouble zones in an effort to seek peace for allAfter the collapse of the Twin Towers, fears about terrorism and Muslim culture went hand in hand Gay Travels in the Muslim World enters the current war zones to bring real and very personal stories of gay men who live and travel in these dangerous areas This book challenges readers preconceptions and assumptions about both homosexuality and being Muslim, while showing the wide range of experiences good and bad about the regions as well as the differences in attitudes and beliefs Excerpts from Gay Travels in the Muslim World From I Want Your Eyes by David Stevens Men by themselves are rare I pass a handsome Omani man sitting on the Corniche wall with a cigarette between his long brown fingers He wears his colourful cuma cap at a jaunty angle and his mustard coloured dishdasha has risen up to reveal tantalizingly hairy calves I note the carefully made holes in his ears not in his ear lobes but deep inside the cartilages a pre Islamic custom still practiced on some male babies to ward off evil spirits I decide it suits himFrom It All Began with Mamadou by Jay Davidson Drawing definitive conclusions about a society after living here for a little than a year is not a wise, safe, or responsible action on my part If a society s culture is a mosaic of thousands of little tiles, then I like to think that what I have been able to piece together has been a tableau in which certain aspects have become discernable, some are a little less clear, and others remain in a way that I will never see as whole and comprehensibleFrom A Market and a Mosque by Martin Foreman Sylhet, Bangladesh It s eight o clock in the evening and Tarique and Paritosh are taking me out to look at the cruising spots Until I flew in here this afternoon, all I knew of the provincial city and the surrounding area was that it was where most of the Bangladeshis in the UK come from and since most of the Bangladeshis in the UK live in my home borough of Tower Hamlets, I feel a kind of affinity with the place Whether or not Sylhet feels an affinity with me is a different matterFrom Work In Progress Notes From A Continuing Journey of Manufacturing Dissent by Parvez Sharma In the construction of the image and life of the queer Muslim is also the awareness of the not so well known fact that a sexual revolution of immense proportions came to the earliest Muslims, some , years before the West had even thought about it This promise of equal gender rights and, unlike in the Bible, the stress on sex as not just reproduction but also enjoyment within the confines of marriage has all but been lost in the rhetoric spewing from loudspeakers perched on Masjid s or mosques in Riyadh, Marrakech and Islamabad The same Islam that has for centuries not only tolerated but also openly celebrated homosexuality is, today, used to justify a state sanctioned pogrom against gay men in Egypt America s enlightened friend in the Middle EastGay Travels in the Muslim World is a refreshing, well writte Gay identity is denied in most Muslim countries That there are men and women within those areas who primarily love people of their own gender is a biological certainty But most of them would not label themselves gay or lesbian , they would see the attraction as just one small aspect of themselves that they try to fit into their lives while adhering to what is expected of them by friends and especially family Family is very important, both caring for the current generation as well as ra Gay identity is denied in most Muslim countries That there are men and women within those areas who primarily love people of their own gender is a biological certainty But most of them would not label themselves gay or lesbian , they would see the attraction as just one small aspect of themselves that they try to fit into their lives while adhering to what is expected of them by friends and especially family Family is very important, both caring for the current generation as well as raising the next one Getting married before you are thirty and having children is the only accepted way to live in many places Not doing so could lead to loss of honour for you and your family This means that most gay love and lust takes place behind closed doors and isn t acknowledged even while everybody around knows it happens As long as there are no witnesses and it isn t talked about, everybody can pretend that no social s are being broken.Considering that gay sex is officially frowned upon and even punishable by death in many Muslim countries, the casual intimacy between men is one that will surprise many tourists Muchthan in Western countries, men are likely to be seen touching each other in a physically intimate way or even walking around the city hand in hand The Western gay identity threatens this way of interacting with each other by making it look suspect and threatens the entire family oriented society It introduces new options and choices that could upset the basis on which the society is built Gay Muslims may start to question things and realise that the way their heart is pulling them does not have to point towards certain doom, but could lead them to a happy, if alternative, family life.Gay Travels in the Muslim World is a series of autobiographical short stories, edited by Michael Luongo It gives an impression of the Muslim world as described above The majority of them deal with contrasts and conflicts between Western culture and Muslim culture, from varied perspectives Most of the stories were written by Western visitors, one or two by people within the culture The style, tone and attitudes of the writers vary, and while some of the tales are likely to annoy you, you will find a couple that are touching and interesting I liked the story of an American who starts a long distance romance with a Turk, only to find out he is married and has children Rather than break up with his long term lover, the Turkish man integrates him as an uncle into his family, where he is lovingly accepted.Not all stories are sweet though in several of them, local men desperate for money and tourists desperate for sex with locals meet each other on a sharp and uncomfortable knife s edge between two cultures, using each other for selfish purposes.All in all it is an interesting collection, well worth a read for anybody interested in this different perspective on gay identity And if you want to take aacademic look at the topic, you may want to pick up Unspeakable Love Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East.www.popcultjunk.com Gay Travels is a mixed bag worth dipping into, with caution While it offers insights, it doesn t relinquish the hierarchies implicitly built into travel literature When it comes to travel, it seems that only Westerners travel ironically and self consciously and write tales of their adventures, while Easterners merely fester in their chains Read the rest of my review here Gay Travels is a mixed bag worth dipping into, with caution While it offers insights, it doesn t relinquish the hierarchies implicitly built into travel literature When it comes to travel, it seems that only Westerners travel ironically and self consciously and write tales of their adventures, while Easterners merely fester in their chains Read the rest of my review here Fascinating, if occasionally uneven, anthology of tales in the Muslim world Many, if not most, are from Westerners traveling in the Middle East and other Muslim locales some are from local voices But all present a compelling portrait of gay life in a region and culture widely reputed to be among the most hostile to gayness on Earth. This book is a series of essays written by gay men about their experiences traveling in Muslim countries It was interesting to read about gay culture or lack thereof in Muslim countries I was surprised with how personal and open most of the essays were Overall, I learned a lot. Fascinating insightful Fascinating insightful I m suspicious.