2015 Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award presented by the Stonewall Books Awards of the American Library Association
"As is the case with followers of other religious traditions, Muslims today are engaged in a passionate debate over gender and sexuality. Kugle provides an indispensable chapter in this saga by redirecting our attention to the voices and lived experiences of Muslim people who are living out this debate in the context of their everyday lives."
—Omid Safi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“An excellent contribution to the emerging literature on LBGTQ Muslims. Living Out Islam provides fascinating biographies of Muslims facing both homophobia and Islamophobia in the context of modern secular democratic nation-states and creates a platform for LBGTQ Muslims to speak for themselves about their lives and struggles. I was riveted in following the details of their efforts to overcome the conflict of competing identities.”
—Amina Wadud, Starr King School for the Ministry
"An interesting, well-researched book; easy reading."
“Persistently and helpfully rooted in Islamic texts, traditions and juridical practices, Kugle’s work . . . is clearly anchored to specifically Islamic communities and practices. The careful, knowledgeable, and conscious location of arguments buffers against a possible critique of being too ‘Western,’ or too ‘modernist,’ and subsequently that it cannot easily ‘fit’ into the study of Islam and Muslim societies. The experiences of Kugle’s research participants indicate clearly that even within conservative religious social spheres, some Muslims reconcile their identities as both queer and Muslim. This work is well-worth the read and should be suitable for advanced undergraduate and graduate study as well as for those generally interested in gender activism, and complications that gender and sexuality bring to religious debate.”
—Sociology of Islam
"Kugle's careful attention to the lived experiences and multiple contexts of gay, lesbian, and transgender Muslims makes this a highly valuable and much needed contribution to the religious studies and gender and sexuality studies areas."
“[…] I applaud Kugle’s commitment to articulating the voices of this under-studied and much misunderstood minority. The 15 stories this book tells constitute a unifying narrative about the human capacity for positive meaning-making, as well as personal and socio-political change.”
—Sociology of Religion
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