“When I finally heard my own voice”

Dialogical Articulations of Self-making When Moving out of Islam in the Netherlands

in Journal of Muslims in Europe
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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to expand on Dialogical Self Theory and to illustrate its benefits for the analysis of narratives of leaving Islam in a post-migration context. With leaving one’s religion, complex mechanisms of doubt, uncertainty, and ethical self-making come to the fore. Being in a post-migration context raises additional issues of intersectionality. Dialogical Self Theory is well-suited for the close-reading and in-depth analysis of such trajectories out of Islam, because it firstly considers the actual voices and their interaction in self-narrative. Secondly, Dialogical Self Theory allows for the recognition of the complex embeddedness of these voices in discursive power-structures. Thirdly, it considers self-making agentic properties. The particular usefulness of this theory will be exemplified by applying its analytical tools to one such trajectory.

“When I finally heard my own voice”

Dialogical Articulations of Self-making When Moving out of Islam in the Netherlands

in Journal of Muslims in Europe

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