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The Body of the Condemned Sally: Paths to Queering anarca-Islam

Sayyid-Sally, an Egyptian transsexual medical student at Al-Azhar University, a pre-eminent institution for Islamic religious studies..was expelled in 1982 because of her gendered identity. In this article Al-Azhar’s position is examined, judicial edict, or Fatwa, regarding Sayyid-Sally. For even after the revelation of Sayyid-Sally’s identity, her sex change operation and even after Al-Azhar admitted the existence of the category of the “Hermaphrodite” in certain Islamic legal interpretations, heteronormative gender orientations were still re-established and re-worked by Al-Azhar. 

Mohamed Jean Veneuse
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