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Queer@King's online with... Shanon Shah


3 Dec Shanon Shah Staff Profile Pic

Dr Shanon Shah balanced careers in human rights advocacy, journalism, theatre, and music in his native Malaysia before relocating to London in 2010. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from King's College London and is the author of The Making of a Gay Muslim: Religion, Sexuality and Identity in Malaysia and Britain (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).

He is a Fellow of the London-based Muslim Institute, regularly contributing to its flagship quarterly publication, Critical Muslim. He is currently the national Coordinator of the Faith for the Climate network. He also conducts research on minority religions and alternative spiritualities at the educational charity Information Network Focus on Religious Movements (INFORM), based at KCL, and teaches Religious Studies at the University of London's distance-learning Divinity programme.


For this event, Dr Shanon Shah will be in conversation with Maryanne Saunders, a PhD Candidate in Theology and Religious Studies at King's College London. Their conversation will cover the following topics:

  • A snapshot of arguments about inclusion and acceptance of queer Muslims in Islam
  • What do the experiences of queer Muslims illuminate about current debates on diversity, inclusion, and social justice?
  • Shanon's current work on climate change - what can queer studies and religious studies contribute to climate action?

This event is open to all and free to attend and can be made accessible to anyone who requires a British Sign Language interpreter. 

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