Monday, July 17, 2006
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- Israel Proves To Be Increasingly Dangerous for Gay...
- The Advocate Turns Pro-Israel
- R.I.P. UV 2006-2006
- UK Doctor Spreads Gay Misinformation in Qatar
The Best Gay Sites
- Al-Fatiha News
- Al-Qaws (Palestine)
- The Androphile Gay History Project
- Aswat (Palestine)
- Gay and Lesbian Arabs
- Gay Egypt
- Gay Middle East
- Gay.org.il (Israel)
- Helem (Lebanon)
- Homan (Iran)
- Homosexuality Laws of the World
- Huriyah (Magazine)
- Kaos GL (Turkey)
- Lebtour (Lebanese Travel)
- Persian Gay and Lesbian Organization
- Queer Jihad
- Raynbow (Store)
- The Safra Project
- The Transsexual Alliance of the Kingdom of Jordan
- Ahbab News
- Arch Memory (Gay Arab Poet)
- Gay Man Diary
- #Gaylebanon Undernet
- GLBT Muslims Community
- Iraqi LGBT
- ...Or Does It Explode?
- Queer Arabs
- The Queer Arabs Blog
- Turkish Gay
- Valley of the Twenty-Something Guys
- Bab al-Hourria (Morocco)
- Bint el-Nas
- Gay Morocco
- Gay Tel Aviv
- Gay Lebanon
- Istanbul Gay
- Kelmaghreb (North Africa)
- Saudi Gays
- Al-Arabiya.net Smear Campaign Against Helem
- بدء محاكمة مثليين جنسيا في مصر
- Disavowed Homosexualities in Beirut
- Egypt's Fearful Gays Shy from HIV Testing
- The Eryaman Incidents
- Être homo au Maroc
- Homosexualités et suicide: témoignages cliniques et contribution au débat à partir du Liban
- In a Time of Torture: The Assault on Justice in Egypt’s Crackdown on Homosexual Conduct
- Interview with Tariq Ramadan
- The Invisible Queer Muslim
- Iran's State Murder of Gays
- Islam: Waging a Queer Jihad
- Living Outside of Society: Palestinian Refugee Rentboys
- Q&A: Rauda Morcos
- Queen Hussein
- Queer Sexuality and Identity in the Qur'an and the Hadith
- !!رانيا بارود لإيلاف: لست مثلية... ولكن
- Rapid Situation Analysis of Men Who Have Sex with Men in the Maghreb and Lebanon
- Sheik Muhsin Hendricks Has Some Answers for Us
- Unlocking the Arab Celluloid Closet: Homosexuality in Egyptian Film
Books Worth Reading
- أنا هي أنتِ
- Homoeroticism in Classical Arabic Literature
- I, the Divine: A Novel in First Chapters
- Imagined Masculinities: Male Identity and Culture in the Modern Middle East
- Islamic Homosexualities: Culture, History, and Literature
- Naphtalene: A Novel of Baghdad
- رهاب المثلية: مواقف وشهادات
- Sex, Longing, and Not Belonging: A Gay Muslim's Quest for Love and Meaning
- Sexual Encounters in the Middle East: The British, the French and the Arabs
- Sexuality and Eroticism Among Males in Moslem Societies
- The Stone of Laughter
- Unspeakable Love: Gay and Lesbian Life in the Middle East
- ---MEGJournal Review of Unspeakable Love
- Women of Sand and Myrrh
- The Yacoubian Building
"I do not want a crown, I do not want a throne.
I only want to rub my forehead in the dust and dance with abandon over the earth.
If the Sultan would show me favour, then I might be allowed to dance even upon the winds...
Because those who denounce me are not real men in the spiritual sense, they cannot accept love with all its consequences in their hearts.
Oh my love, there a thousand snares in every form; oh my love, one who is not a real man can never experience true love!"
-Sufi mystic Akhi Jamshed Rajgiri defending himself before the Sultan of Juanpur
"He who claims that he experiences no desire when looking at beautiful boys or youths is a liar,
and if we could believe him he would be an animal, and not a human being."
-Hanbalite jurist Ibn Al-Jawzi
"His mouth graced the cup with his
spittle before it met mine,
And the blush of his cheek dimmed a little the red of the wine..."
-sung by an old scholar of his tutee in an Arabian folktale
"He showed himself in shirt of white,
With eyes and eyelids languor-digit.
Quoth I, 'Doss pass and greet me not?
Though were thy greeting a delight?
Blest He who clothed in rose thy cheeks,
Creates what wills He by His might!'
Quoth he, 'Leave prate, for sure my Lord
Of works is wondrous infinite:
My garment's like my face and luck;
All three are white on white on white.'"
-Abu Nuwas about a beauteous youth in 1001 Nights
To a beautiful youth on pilgrimage to Mecca
You who have left to visit the ancient House,
And abandoned me here, hostage to sadness;
One last visit before departing,
Would not that have been better?
You go on pilgrimage to follow the precepts,
But that doesn't at all keep you
From putting a Moslem to death!
May I be your ransom! Rather than wander
The roads of the pilgrim,
Better you should spare Allah's creatures.
-15th century poet Muhammad Al-Nawaji, or Shams al-Din