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Swedish muslims and secular society: faith-based engagement and place
Örebro universitet, Institutionen för humaniora, utbildnings- och samhällsvetenskap. (Centrum för urbana och regionala studier (CUReS))ORCID-id: 0000-0002-7737-5850
Department of Political Science, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
Örebro universitet, Institutionen för humaniora, utbildnings- och samhällsvetenskap. (Centrum för urbana och regionala studier (CUReS))ORCID-id: 0000-0002-5486-8273
2015 (Engelska)Ingår i: Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, ISSN 0959-6410, E-ISSN 1469-9311, Vol. 26, nr 2, s. 145-163Artikel i tidskrift (Refereegranskat) Published
Abstract [en]

This article sets out to explore how Muslims in Sweden identify with and create social life in the place where they live, that is, in their neighbourhood, in their town/city and in Swedish society at large. In a paradoxical religious landscape that includes a strong Lutheran state church heritage and a Christian free-church tradition, in what is, nevertheless, a very secular society, Muslims may choose different strategies to express their faith, here roughly described as “retreatist,” “engaged” or “essentialist/antagonistic.” Focusing on a non-antagonistic, engaged stance, and drawing upon a combination of authors' interviews, and materials published in newspapers and on the Internet, we first bring to the fore arguments by Muslim leaders in favour of creating a Muslim identity with a Swedish brand, and second give some examples of local Muslim individuals, acting as everyday makers in their neighbourhood, town or city. Third, we also give attention to an aggressively negative Islamophobic stance expressed both in words and in physical violence in parts of Swedish society. In conclusion, we reflect upon the challenges and potentialities of an emotionally engaged, dialogue-orientated Muslim position facing antagonistic interpretations of Islam, and an ignorant, sometimes Islamophobic, environment.

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2015. Vol. 26, nr 2, s. 145-163
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faith and place; faith-based engagement; Islam in Sweden; Muslim everyday makers; Muslims facing Islamophobia; Muslims in Sweden
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Religionsvetenskap
Forskningsämne
Statskunskap; Kulturgeografi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-43813DOI: 10.1080/09596410.2015.1013324ISI: 000352355200003Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84926406909OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-43813DiVA, id: diva2:797500
Tillgänglig från: 2015-03-24 Skapad: 2015-03-24 Senast uppdaterad: 2017-12-04Bibliografiskt granskad

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