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‘As a Sunni, I Naturally Cannot Understand Anything Like Temporary Marriage’

Mutʿa Marriage, Online Boundary-Work, and the Social Psychology of Sunni–Shiʿa Relations

In: Journal of Muslims in Europe
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Teemu Pauha Faculty of Theology, University of Helsinki Helsinki Finland

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Abstract

Identity construction involves drawing a rhetorical boundary between one’s own group and others. Using data gathered from a Finnish online forum for Muslims, I study how the practice of temporary (mutʿa) marriage is used to mark a boundary between Sunni and Shiʿa Muslims. Here, I examine the rhetorical devices used by Sunni and Shiʿa Muslims, combining the principle of meta-contrast with the concept of boundary-markers to propose a general model of intergroup boundary dynamics.

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