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Title:States of being: public selves and national privacies in queer Muslim autobiographies in South Africa
Editor:Baderoon, GabebaISNI
Year:2013
Periodical:Journal for Islamic studies (ISSN 0257-7062)
Volume:33
Pages:77-100
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:autobiography
homosexuality
Islam
Abstract:This essay considers apartheid's racialized exclusions as well as the gendered and sexualized silences in certain forms of national belonging articulated by the anti-apartheid struggle and the post-apartheid South African nation. In particular, it theorizes the role of autobiography about sexuality and religion in countering the regulation of political belonging in contemporary South Africa. The author argues that life narratives can engage in a complex relationship to public discourses on national belonging. Black South Africans have produced an impressive record of autobiographical writing since the 19th century, generating intricate local history of private life. In this trajectory, the author explores what Muslim self-writing can contribute to South African conceptions of the private by analysing the collection of autobiographical essays published in ''Hijab': unveiling queer Muslim lives' (2009, ed. by Pepe Hendricks). He argues that the forms of self-making in these narratives illustrate some of the social issues to which a confluence of religion, sexuality and national identity is being put in contemporary South Africa. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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