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Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia$
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Tiantian Zheng

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824852962

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824852962.001.0001

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Islam, Marriage, and Yaari

Islam, Marriage, and Yaari

Making Meaning of Male Same-Sex Sexual Relationships in Pakistan

(p.187) Chapter Eleven Islam, Marriage, and Yaari
Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia

Ahmed Afzal

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter provides a critical ethnographic analysis of cultural constructions of modern male same-sex sexual relationships and eroticism in Pakistan. Afzal examines three intersecting registers for making meaning of modern male same sex sexual relationships: a) cultural scripts and histories of homosociality and intimacy in South Asia; b) conceptions of marriage and familial obligations in Pakistan; and c) assertions of religious self-identification as Muslims. Afzal argues that the cultural constructions of male sexuality and same-sex sexual relationships and eroticism in Pakistan discussed is not a pre-modern gay identity. Rather, he contends that the analysis shows how a range of sexualities are produced and enacted in the non-West and belies common misunderstandings of Muslim and South Asian cultures and societies as inherently intolerant of homosexuality. Rather, drawing on the life experiences of Pakistani men enables a consideration of new ways of accounting for modern same-sex sexual relationships and eroticism in South Asia, and the varied negotiations of sexuality with gender, religion and globalization.

Keywords:   Pakistan, Homosexuality, Islam, Male Friendships, Marriage

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