Occasional Paper Series: ARAB QUEER LANGUAGE: What are the characteristics of the language used upon, and within queer Arab culture, and how does that affect the identity-formation and subjectivity of queer Arab individuals?

This paper examines Arab queer language, focusing on Lebanon as a case study. Lebanon has always been seen as a “Queer hub” for neighboring countries due to multiple socio-economic and historical factors that have made it one of the more “liberal” Arab countries.  This research focuses on the different characteristics of Arab queer language, including the etymology and semantics of frequently-used terms in formal and informal settings. The paper is divided into five sections, each dealing with the effects of different aspects of queer language on queer identity in the Arab region/Lebanon.

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