A Queer reading list from North Africa and the Maghreb

JSTOR Daily curated a queer reading list featuring writers from North Africa and the Maghreb (a region in western and central North Africa, including Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia):

The status of queer literature in the Maghreb and the Arab world is complex and nuanced as it varies by country and region. While there’s been an increase in openly LGBTQ+ writers and themes being explored in some places, homosexuality remains illegal in many Arab and Muslim countries, leaving LGBTQ+ individuals vulnerable to persecution and discrimination. Despite these challenges, there are writers and readers who are passionate about exploring queer identities through literature as a means of promoting greater representation and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community.

The list opens with some generalised texts exploring sexuality beyond Western perspectives before honing in on “Contextualizing Arab and Muslim Sexuality within the Arab World” (if you’d rather not read Foucault just yet!)

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