Bisexuality in the Arab world

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Bisexuality in the Arab world for both men and women is not unknown;[1] estimates of prevalence vary, and depend on region. Stonewall estimates that Saudi Arabia has 1.9 million LGBTQ people, but does not estimate the proportion of bisexuals in that figure.[2]

There are what has been interpreted as prohibitions against homosexual behavior in the Qur'an[3] and severe penalties for LGBT persons in some countries; men practicing homosexuality may still face the death penalty in several Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia,[2][4] Yemen,[4] the United Arab Emirates, Sudan,[4] and Mauritania.[4] The Qur'an requires that the sexual behavior in question is witnessed by four witnesses if females perform it.[5]

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  1. ^ Anderlini-D'Onofrio, Serena (14 October 2003). Women and Bisexuality. Routledge. pp. 47–40. ISBN 978-1560232711. Retrieved 17 October 2013. "Ib 1996 [...] Muhammed notes that a bisexual identity is not found in the Arab world, although bisexuality is a widespread practice. He claims that almost all Arab men are bisexual, but very few women." 
  2. ^ a b "BBC News - Saudi Arabia opposes .gay internet domain name". BBC Online. 14 August 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2013. "Andy Wasley, from Stonewall, added: "Saudi Arabia already prevents its 1.9 million lesbian, gay and bisexual people from visiting community websites, like Stonewall's, that offer support and information. It's disappointing that it now wants to censor the internet for 420 million gay people worldwide."" 
  3. ^ "The Qu'ran and Homosexuality". Internet History Sourcebooks Project. Fordham University. Retrieved 7 November 2013. "Richard Burton suggests the following Qu'ranic verses as relevant to homosexuality:" 
  4. ^ a b c d "BBC News - UK party leaders back global gay rights campaign". BBC Online. 13 September 2011. Retrieved 7 November 2013. "At present, homosexuality is illegal in 76 countries, including 38 within the Commonwealth. At least five countries - the Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Mauritania and Sudan - have used the death penalty against gay people." 
  5. ^ Sardar, Ziauddin (22 September 2008). "Homosexuality: part 1 - Blogging the Qur'an". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 November 2013. "if any of your women commit a lewd act, call four witnesses from among you, then, if they testify to their guilt, keep the women at home till death comes to them or until God shows them another way". What could this "lewd act" be? It could be any kind of sexual indiscretion from adultery to fornication or prostitution. But the fact that four witnesses are required suggests that it is an act performed in public, or at least in the full view of four adults, which really makes it indecent."