Islamic Traditions and Muslim Youth in Norway


A major question regarding Islam in Europe concerns the religiosity of “Muslim youth” – a category currently epitomizing both the fears and hopes of multicultural Europe. How are Islamic traditions engaged and reworked by young people, born and educated in European societies, and which modes of religiosity will they shape in the future? Providing an in-depth ethnographic account from Norway, this book engages comparative research on Islam and young Muslims from across Europe, focusing on Islamic revitalization, Muslim identity politics, changing configurations of religious authority, and the formation of gendered religious subjectivities. The author discusses anthropological and other social science theorizing in order to examine religious continuities and discontinuities in a context of international migration, globalization, and secular modernity.

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Christine M. Jacobsen, Ph.D. (2006) in Social Anthropology from the University of Bergen, is specialized in migration, gender and religious studies, and has published on Islam and Muslims in Norway, including Tilhørighetens mange former. Unge muslimer i Norge (UniPax, 2002). She is the Research Leader of IMER Bergen and a Post Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Social Anthropology, University of Bergen.
[…] Jacobsen’s findings are important and topical. […] The diversity of the decisions made by the young Muslims is one of the most important messages of this study. Annotation © Book News Inc., Portland, OR, April 2011.

"...a well-researched and theoretically ambitious study of Norway's religious Muslim minority."
Heiko Henkel in Social Anthropology 20.3 (2012), 346-347.

"... a valuable contribution to the expanding field of research on Islam in European societies."
Thijl Sunier in Review of Middle East Studies 47.1 (2013), 91-92.
All those interested in Islam and Muslims in Europe, contemporary religious and secular formations, identity politics, gender, and youth culture. Students and researchers in anthropology, migration, cultural and religious studies.