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A Jihad for Love

By Deborah Weiss | Thursday, September 18, 2008

During his speech at Columbia University almost one year ago, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad professed, “[w]e have no homosexuals in Iran.” Now, a film entitled “A Jihad for Love” demonstrates why it is difficult to locate gays in the Muslim world.

Filmed over a period of five and a half years, filmmaker-director Parvez Sharma, a gay Muslim, conducted interviews with other gays and lesbians in twelve countries and nine different languages. The film premiered in Toronto in 2007 and was only recently released in the United States. It was banned at the Singapore International Film Festival due to the “sensitive nature” of discussing the compatibility of Islam and homosexuality.

The film attempts to reclaim the concept of jihad to mean “inner struggle,” rather than the often-used concept of


Added: Sep-18-2008 
By: allyssa
Iran, Middle East
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