Queer Muslim Challenges to the Internationalization of LGBT Rights: Decolonizing International Relations Methodology through Intersectionality
This chapter has three aims. First, it uses intersectional analysis to deconstruct the assumed opposition between Muslims and LGBT rights. It focuses on LGBT Muslim identities and experiences which disrupt the dichotomous positioning of mainstream Muslim and mainstream LGBT identities and politics. The second aim is to move from theoretical inquiry to practical politics, relying here on the praxis element of intersectionality, demonstrating how practical strategies derived from the critical theoretical analysis of intersectionality can be developed. The final aim is to show how intersectional theories and methods can aid in decolonizing knowledge production and theorizing of LGBT politics. The chapter argues in conclusion that this decolonizing strategy can be generalized to broader contexts than LGBT Muslim populations.