Queer in Translation

Queer in Translation

Sexual Politics under Neoliberal Islam

Perverse Modernities: A Series Edited by Jack Halberstam and Lisa Lowe

by Evren Savci

Published by: Duke University Press Books

256 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 mm

  • ISBN: 9781478011361
  • Published: January 2021


In Queer in Translation, Evren Savcı analyzes the travel and translation of Western LGBT political terminology to Turkey in order to illuminate how sexual politics unfold under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's AKP government. Under AKP's neoliberal Islamic regime, she shows, there has been a stark shift from a politics of multicultural inclusion to securitized authoritarianism. Drawing from ethnographic work with queer activist groups to understand how discourses of sexuality travel and are taken up in political discourse, Savcı traces the intersection of queerness, Islam, and neoliberal governance within new and complex regimes of morality. Savcı turns to translation as a queer methodology to think Islam and neoliberalism together and to evade the limiting binaries of traditional/modern, authentic/colonial, global/local, and East/West—thereby opening up ways of understanding the social movements and political discourses that coalesce around sexual liberation in ways that do justice to the complexities of both what circulates under the signifier Islam and of sexual political movements in Muslim-majority countries.