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In this CLGS Lavender Lunch, we will continue the dialogue of communities of color intersecting queer identity and religious faith.  We conclude the fall semester focused on organizing within Muslim communities and the lives of LGBTQ people.  Muhsin Hendricks is an Islamic Scholar and an Imam (religious leader) by profession. He is also a human rights activist focusing on sexual orientation & gender identity in Islam. He has done independent research on Islam and sexual diversity, an area that does not often get explored in the Muslim world. Muhsin was also featured in the critically acclaimed film “A Jihad for Love,” which focused on the lives of queer Muslims.

Muhsin Hendricks is an Islamic Scholar with a background in Classical Arabic and Islamic Sciences obtained at the University of Islamic Studies (Jamia-Dirasat Al-Islamiyyah), Karachi Pakistan (1990-1994). Muhsin Hendricks is an Imam (religious leader) by profession and also a human rights activist focusing on sexual orientation & gender identity in Islam. He has done independent research on Islam and sexual diversity; an area that does not often get explored in the Muslim world. He has delivered many training modules on the subject to various organizations internationally.

Muhsin Hendricks also holds a Diploma in Counselling and Communication obtained through the South African College of Applied Psychology and often used his Islamic training in conjunction with his counseling and coaching skills to bring healing to queer Muslims. He is the founder of Al-Ghurbaah Foundation in Cape Town and the administrator of the
Compassion-centred Islam (CCI Network) for inclusive scholars and religious leaders.

His publications include:
• Policy Brief: Islam, Sexual Diversity and Access to Health
• Islamic texts: A source of acceptance for queer individuals into mainstream Muslim society
• Islam & Sexual Diversity: Interrogating heteropatriarchy in Islamic texts
• Myths & Misconceptions of homosexuality in Muslim communities
• His work and life story is featured in the documentary: “The Radical”
Currently working on his book: From Extremist Exclusion to Radical Inclusion

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