Non-Fiction of Gay Interest
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Background / Biography:
"Islamic Homosexualities is the fullest analysis of homosexual behavior of the many centuries and diverse regions of the Islamic world. The dominant tradition of relations between men and boys in the central Islamic lands is described in a series of historical studies and this is accompanied by anthropological accounts of gender-based homosexuality in southern Asia, Africa and the Balkans. These findings are placed in larger comparative context and related to the rise of modern western homosexuality. A splendid collection!" Randolph Trumbach, Baruch College and the Graduate School, City University of New York
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"The stories in which Mahmūd and Ayāz are represented as ideal lovers are based on the lives of historical personages. Mahmud is Sultan Mahmud the Great of Ghazna (d. 1030), who 'established his empire all over the Iranian plateau and introduced Islam to India' He was a conqueror and crusader for Islam, and also a great patron of the arts, sciences and literature. Ayāz is referred to as both a Turkish slave and an army officer. The ideal behavior of Ayāz toward his royal master is supposed to be a model for the faithful Muslim, who considers himself the slave of God. The relationship is not just one of perfect submission on the part of Ayāz, but also of mutual love."
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