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Khanith (also spelled Khaneeth or Xanith; Arabic: خنيث; khanīth) denotes a person assigned male at birth who uses feminine gender expression, including trans women, men who have sex with men, cisgender or Boudi men perceived as feminine. It is generally considered derogatory and misleading, but some individuals have sought to reclaim it as a mark of pride.

The term is used in Oman and parts of the Arabian Peninsula and is closely related to "mukhannathun" Arabic: مخنث, romanizedmukhannath, meaning "effeminate".[1]

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  • Roscoe, Will; Murray, Stephan (1997). Islamic Homosexualities: Culture, History, and Literature (illustrated ed.). New York University Press. ISBN 9780814774687. Retrieved 5 March 2015.


  1. ^ George Haggerty, ed. (2000). Encyclopedia of Gay Histories and Cultures. Garland Publishing Inc. pp. 515–516. ISBN 0-8153-1880-4.