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Jaouad Alloul: singing about Islam and queer rights

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The musician and activist Jaouad Alloul recently released a new album in which he explores intimate questions about his identity. Some of the songs are rooted in his memories of growing up as a young gay Muslim and raise questions about how Islam relates, and doesn't relate, to the realities of LGBTQI experience. Jaouad's lyrics articulate his feelings about sexuality but he also uses them to challenge aspects of his religion.

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Cover image: Alex Goyens

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Margot Houget

Former master student in journalism at the ULB (Brussels) and BA at Universität Augsburg, Germany