Azima ila Hayati - an invitation in to my life

narrative conversations about sexual identity

Sekneh Hammoud-Beckett

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This paper describes a therapeutic conversation with a young gay Muslim man and his brother which was shaped by the definitional ceremony metaphor. Through deconstructing 'games of truth' in relation to attitudes to homosexuality and the process of 'coming out', space was created for this young man and his brother to realign their relationship. In the midst of the current hostile climate affecting all Arab Muslim families, this paper describes the story of two brothers and their concept of loyalty.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-39
Number of pages11
JournalThe International journal of narrative therapy and community work
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Narrative therapy
  • Muslim youth--Sexual behavior
  • Gays--Family relationships
  • Lesbians--Identity
  • Gender identity
  • Homosexuality--Psychological aspects

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