Sacred Queer Stories

Ugandan LGBTQ+ Refugee Lives and the Bible

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Adriaan Van Klinken, Johanna Stiebert, Brian Sebyala, Fredrick Hudson
  • Suffolk, UK: 
    Boydell & Brewer Publishers
    , July
     2021.
     282 pages.
     $65.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9781847012838.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

An invaluable insight into the narrative politics and theologies of LGBTQ+ life-storytelling, a key text for those in African Humanities, Queer Studies, Religious Studies, and Refugee Studies.

Presenting the deeply moving personal life stories of Ugandan LGBTQ+ refugees in Nairobi, Kenya alongside an analysis of the process in which they creatively engaged with two Bible stories - Daniel in the Lions' Den (Old Testament) and Jesus and the Woman Caught in Adultery (New Testament) - Sacred Queer Stories explores how readings of biblical stories can reveal their experiences of struggle, their hopes for the future, and their faith in God and humanity. Arguing that the telling of life-stories of marginalised people, such as of Ugandan LGBTQ+ refugees, affirms embodied existence and agency, is socially and politically empowering, and enables human solidarity, the authors also show how the Bible as an authoritative religious text and popular cultural archive in Africa is often used against LGBTQ+ people but can also be reclaimed as a site of meaning, healing, and empowerment. The result of a collaborative project between UK-based academics and a Nairobi-based organisation of Ugandan LGBTQ+ refugees, the book provides a valuable insight into the narrative politics and theologies of LGBTQ+ life-storytelling. A key text for those in African Humanities, Queer Studies, Religious Studies, and Refugee Studies, among others, the book expresses an innovative methodology of inter-reading queer life-stories and biblical stories.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Adriaan Van Klinken is Professor of Religion and African Studies, University of Leeds and Director of the Leeds University Centre for African Studies and of the Centre for Religion and Public Life.

Johanna Stiebert is Professor of Hebrew Bible, University of Leeds and Deputy Head of School (School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science).

Brian Sebyala is co-founder of The Nature Network, the first LGBTIQ refugee organization in Nairobi. Sebyala is Coordinator, with overall management of the organisation.

Fredrick Hudson is co-founder of The Nature Network, the first LGBTIQ refugee organization in Nairobi. Frederick is responsibile for communications and media strategy. He is also a Research assistant on a project headed by the University of Leeds.

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