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Arab Queer Women and Transgenders Confronting Diverse Religious Fundamentalisms: The Case of Meem in Lebanon

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“Religious fundamentalism” has become one of those scary terms that evokes a range of intimidating images in people’s heads. Some imagine it as the threat of anger and violence and destruction, driven by a religion that we don’t understand. When these people happen to share our religion, we are quick to distance ourselves from them. The term “religious fundamentalism” is particularly scary to women. It evokes a mission to “go back” to morals and values that are almost always oppressive towards women. Going back on change and progress means taking away any liberties women may have won in the past decades. In addition, religious fundamentalism monopolizes the spiritual life of people, claiming to be the “correct” or “pure” religion. It justifies all sorts of violations—especially against women’s bodies and lives and against LGBT people—in the name of God.

This paper aims to map out the strategies used by Meem association in resisting these diverse religious fundamentalism(s).


  • Type of publication : Article
  • Author : Nadine M.
  • Co-editor : Meem
  • Publishing house : AWID Women’s Rights
  • Publication date : 2010
  • Number of pages : 13
  • Language : English


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