Controlling civic engagement of youth spanish muslims: Single representation, generational gap, and gender activism

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Eseverri Mayer, Cecilia and Khir-Allah, Ghufran (2022) Controlling civic engagement of youth spanish muslims: Single representation, generational gap, and gender activism. Contemporary Islam, 16 (1). pp. 41-63. ISSN 1872-0218

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11562-022-00481-x



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This paper focuses on Muslim Civil Society structures and, more specifically, on the gap between the organizations from the first (migrant) generation and the new grammars of action of new generations of Spanish Muslims. The originality of this article lies in its power to address three fundamental questions: (1) Are the umbrella organizations silencing the demands of Muslim youth?; (2) How do Muslim youth resist such representative hegemony? and; (3) What specific strategies are Muslim women currently developing to gain representation and involvement in mainstream Spanish society? We find evidence for new grammars of action defying traditional authorities and reject decontextualized, asynchronous Islam. Young women are engaging in broader and inclusive activism, inspired by religion affiliation in order to reinforce their external solidarity and engagement in mainstream political structures. By contrast, young men are calling for a new Muslim leadership to reinforce primary solidarity and concentrate more on earning religious rights. For women, religion is a vector to participation and for men, it is a form of participation.


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Uncontrolled Keywords:Islamic Heritage; Spanish Muslims; Inclusive participation; Women Engagement; Religious activism
Subjects:Social sciences > Sociology > Immigrants and refugees
Social sciences > Social service > Women
Social sciences > Social service > Social policy
Humanities > Religion > Religions
ID Code:72501
Deposited On:26 May 2022 09:22
Last Modified:26 May 2022 10:11

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