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Homosexuality in Jewish society
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Human sexual activity is influenced by its surroundings, and whether it is labeled as “normative” or “deviant” depends upon the norms relative to the place and time, the social and cultural contexts, and the standing of the individual. The study of homosexuality among Jews in the Ottoman Empire and in the lands of Islam, and also of the attitude of Jewish society, amply demonstrates this.

Like Judaism (Lev. 18:22 and 20:13), Islam strictly forbids…

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Yaron Ben Naeh, “Homosexuality in Jewish society”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 28 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_COM_0009990>
First published online: 2010

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