“I know what a Muslim really is”: how political context predisposes the perceived need for an objective Muslim identity

Younis, Tarek ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0747-8782 and Hassan, Ghayda (2019) “I know what a Muslim really is”: how political context predisposes the perceived need for an objective Muslim identity. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 34 (1) . pp. 1-19. ISSN 1353-7903 (doi:10.1080/13537903.2019.1585095)

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Abstract

This article explores the process by which Western Muslim young adults develop the need to experience an ‘objective’ religious identity. We interviewed 20 Western Muslim young adults born in Montreal, Berlin, and Copenhagen within the age range of 18–25, exploring their religious identity development. The interviews were semi-structured and open-ended. Thematic content analysis was used to explore patterns in their narratives. The participants disliked the perceived ethnocentric Muslim identity of their parents, which they sought to ‘purify’ for themselves from ‘cultural contamination’. There were two important elements underlying the process of religious identity objectification: experience of anti-Muslim political discourse and exposure to religious diversity in the aftermath of deterritorialisation.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Western Muslims, identity development, religious identity, Islamophobia, objectification
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 28957
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Contemporary Relition on 02/01/2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13537903.2019.1585095
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Depositing User: Tarek Younis
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2020 16:59
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2020 03:04
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/28957

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