‘Look into My Eyes’: Music, Religion, and the Politics of Muslim Youth in Norway

In: Journal of Muslims in Europe
Christine M. Jacobsen Director, Center for Women’s and Gender Research; University of Bergen Pb 7805, 5020 Bergen +47 55 58 92 65

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Viggo Vestel Centre for Welfare and Labour Research; Oslo, Akershus University College +47 404 68 933

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In this article we explore the role of music in shaping and publicizing religious and political subjectivities and belonging among young Muslims in Norway. The article discusses practices of producing and listening to music in light of theories about ‘counterpublics’ and their soundscapes, the religious and the secular, and majority-minority relations. Musical soundscapes produced and consumed by young Muslims, the article argues, give voice to experiences and sentiments that are marginalized within mainstream cultural productions, and articulate both consensus and dissensus with national political institutions’ concepts and norms.

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