Non-binary sexual and gender identities in the community

the khuntha as an isolated being in the mosque

Authors

  • Saqer A. Almarri Independent scholar

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/bar.15722

Keywords:

Intersexuality, Khuntha, Gender variance

Abstract

The Maml?k jurist ?Abd al-Ra??m al-Isnaw?’s legal manual on the cases involving a khunth? (an intersex person) was comprehensive on matters of religious practice. It allows us to understand the underlying doctrinal strategies that the jurists used in regulating the khunth?’s access to public life. This article attempts to examine specific strategies that al-Isnaw? used in his legal manual’s chapter on ?al?h (ritual prayer). Through an exploration of the doctrines in the chapter affecting a khunth?’s comportment and location, I assess the possible consequences of such doctrines on the life of a khunth?. The major consequence is the khunth?’s social isolation in the name of accommodating them in a community’s mosque by providing a specific row for them. The accommodation requires outing a khunth? as such within the community space, leading to further isolation, even when the khunth? is not a singular subject within the community.

Author Biography

Saqer A. Almarri, Independent scholar

Saqer A. Almarri is an independent scholar and translator. They hold a Ph.D. in Translation Studies from Binghamton University–State University of New York (2019). Their research examines how Islamic jurists incorporate bodies that do not conform to the dominant sexual binary into frameworks of Islamic law, and the changes to epistemology when translating pre-modern scholarship into modern languages. Saqer’s previous scholarship has appeared in academic publications such as Women & Language (2018) and TSQ (2016).

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Published

2020-10-30

How to Cite

Almarri, S. A. (2020). Non-binary sexual and gender identities in the community: the khuntha as an isolated being in the mosque. Body and Religion, 3(2), 166–187. https://doi.org/10.1558/bar.15722