In this context most of the individuals who believe to have "abnormal" sexual inclinations live in a condition of personal struggle about their identity and try to hide themselves in order not to be marginalized. No doubt prohibition of homosexual activity was motivated by a similar concern - and again, it was not the sexual act itself that was being condemned, it was the fact that it would lead to a lower population level. A painting by Riza Abbasi with homo-erotic qualities shows the ruler enjoying such delights. Moreover lesbian relationships are presented as driven by eroticism and lust, even with the addition of drugs and alcohol, while the final heterosexual ones are based on true love. And when the Qur'an says, 'In preference to women, you satisfy your lust with men', what, again, does it mean?
In Morocco, for example, homosexual acts are considered a crime of "abuse and exploitation of Islam", which is usually applied to extremists and terrorists.
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However the apparent absence of homosexuality is not directly related with religion, but rather with its historical interpretation. It would seem most odd to refer to Lut's wife, the wife of a prophet, as just an 'old woman'. Sofia's encounter can be taken as representative of the condition of hidden Muslim lesbians who experience a deep incongruence between their spontaneous feelings and their religious belief, according to which they are sinful creatures BoellsorffHabib Kecia Ali in her book Sexual Ethics and Islam says that p xvi "there is no one Muslim perspective on anything. Physician that theorized on ubnah includes Rhazeswho thought that it was correlated with small genitals and that a treatment was possible provided that the subject was deemed to be not too effeminate and the behavior not "prolonged".
Part of a series on. Retrieved 15 April — via NYTimes. With reference to the Muslim world more broadly, Tilo Beckers writes that the modern rejection and criminalization of "homosexuality in Islam gained momentum through the exogenous effects of European colonialism. In spite of the adverse cultural environment which considered the study of homosexuality as a "taboo topic", before the 60's there is no complete absence of anthropologists who deal with the issue within their work. I know that God knows my feelings, knows that I like men.