• New book: The Religious Identity of Young Muslim Women in Berlin

    by  • May 14, 2013 • Discrimination and Xenophobia, Featured, Featured Publication, Gender Issues and the Hijab/Burqa, Germany, Immigration and Integration

    50023“The Religious Identity of Young Muslim Women in Berlin: An
    Ethnography Study” by Synnøve K.N. Bendixsen

    About the book:

    The Religious Identity of Young Muslim Women in Berlin offers an
    in-depth ethnographic account of Muslim youth’s religious identity
    formation and their engagement with Islam in everyday life. Focusing
    on Muslim women in the organisation MJD in Germany, it provides a
    deeper understanding of processes related to immigration,
    transnationalism, the transformation of identifications and the
    reconstruction of selfhood. The book deals with the collective content
    of religious identity formation and processes of differentiation,
    engaging with the changing role of religion in an urban European
    setting, restructuring of religious authority and the formation of
    gender identity through religion. Synnøve K.N. Bendixsen examines how
    the participants seek and debate what it means to be a good Muslim,
    and discusses the religious movement as individual engagement in a
    collective project.


    “At last, a richly-textured, ethnographic study which takes
    religiosity seriously. This fine study of young women’s involvement in
    a particular, Islamic movement in Berlin illuminates the reasons for
    ‘the turn to Islam’ of a new generation in Europe. […] Marked
    throughout by methodological and analytical sophistication, it
    challenges many easy generalisations about how Muslims born and
    educated in Europe appropriate Islam.” Philip Lewis, University of

    Table of content:

    A Note on Language and Sources
    Situating the Field and Methodological Reflections Making Sense of the
    City: The Religious Spaces of Young Muslim Women in Berlin
    Negotiating, Resisting and (Re)Constructing Othering Crafting the
    Religious Individual in a Faith Community Trajectories of Religious
    Acts and Desires: Bargaining with Religious Norms and Ideals Making a
    Religious Gender Order The Meanings of and Incentives for a Religious
    Identification Conclusion Appendix 1: Situating the Movements Studied
    within the Wider Islamic Field in Germany Bibliography Index

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