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Lone Star MuslimsTransnational Lives and the South Asian Experience in Texas$
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Ahmed Afzal

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781479855346

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479855346.001.0001

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“I Have a Very Good Relationship with Allah”

“I Have a Very Good Relationship with Allah”

Pakistani Gay Men and Transnational Belonging

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Lone Star Muslims

Ahmed Afzal

NYU Press

This chapter studies Muslim American gay men of Pakistani descent to illustrate the heterogeneity of the Pakistani population in Houston along the axis of sexuality. Though stigmatized, criminalized, marginalized, racialized, and homogenized, Pakistani Muslim American gay men narrate their lived experience in terms of invocations of South Asian epistemologies of same-sex sexual eroticism and relationships and narrative traditions, a religiously conceived transnationality, and appropriations of Western epistemologies of gay identity. Their narratives are a corrective to the heterosexual transnational Muslim population movements and community formations typically represented in scholarship on Muslim Americans. The complex intersections of race, religion, sexuality, and transnationalism in “transnational Muslim American sexual cultures” advance the exploration of heterogeneity of the Pakistani immigrant experience and guide the inquiry in this chapter.

Keywords:   Pakistani gay men, sexuality, same-sex sexual eroticism, gay identity, transnational sexual cultures, Muslim American gay men

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