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Strings AttachedAIDS and the Rise of Transnational Connections in Africa$
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Nadine Beckmann, Alessandro Gusman, and Catrine Shroff

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780197265680

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197265680.001.0001

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Let’s Talk About Sex

Let’s Talk About Sex

Islam and Sexuality in Positive Muslims’ ‘Theology of Compassion’

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Strings Attached

Jonas Svensson

British Academy

The chapter constitutes a critical analysis of how the theme of sexuality is addressed within the framework of a ‘theology of compassion’ put forward by the South African organisation Positive Muslims. The organisation’s explicit aim with this theology is to provide an ideological underpinning to HIV/AIDS activism in order to combat both the spread of the disease and the stigmatisation of those affected. The chapter argues that the specific features of the ‘theology of compassion’, and the manner in which sexuality is approached, cannot be fully understood if it is seen merely as a local African ‘faith-based’ response to HIV/AIDS. A set of factors of a transnational character, outlined and discussed in the text, influence and shape it. Of particular relevance are the connections between Positive Muslims and the contemporary hermeneutical transnational network of Progressive Islam.

Keywords:   Islam, South Africa, Positive Muslims, theology of compassion, progressive Islam

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