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Palgrave Macmillan

Male Homosexualities and World Religions

ISBN 9781137369888
Publication Date November 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

During the last 25 years, homosexuality has played an important role in public debates in Western societies. With globalization, the civil protection of gay rights is spreading rapidly outside the Northern hemisphere and many non-Christian religious traditions are taking public positions on the issues. Favoring a dialogue among various religious systems and an in-depth review of their positions, Pierre Hurteau offers readers new insights into how each of the traditions studied – Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Afro-American religions - articulates its own regulatory mechanisms of male sexuality in general, and homosexuality. Moving away from a Eurocentric view, this book reminds readers that sites of non-heterosexual identity are multiple.

Pierre Hurteau is a retired teacher and civil servant. He holds a Ph.D. in Religion from Concordia University, Canada and a Certificate in Public Law from the Université de Montréal, Canada.

Introduction
1. Hinduism
2. Buddhism
3. Judaism
4. Christianity
5. Islam
6. Afro-American Religions
General Conclusions

Reviews

"Looking at Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam as well as Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Brazilian religions, Hurteau represents the varied voices that have had something to say about homosexual male relations in a fair and objective manner. Hurteau describes quite thoroughly what religious thinkers have expressed about marriage, gender relations, procreation, homoerotic fantasies, and special friendships. Throughout readers will hear Hurteau's own voice which is always inquisitive, appreciative, fair, and in several important ways also critical. This is an unusually knowledgeable and balanced book. It is as well an exceptionally wise and humane work." – Frederick Bird, Research Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Waterloo, Canada and Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Concordia University, Canada
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