Perceptions of Mis/Recognition: The Experiences of Sunni Muslim Individuals in Dublin, Ireland

in Muslims at the Margins of Europe

Abstract

By utilizing Axel Honneth’s recognition-theoretic framework alongside empirical data, this research aims to synthesise theory and practice in order to gain a better understanding of how individuals from the Sunni Muslim community living within the Republic of Ireland’s [roi] capital city, Dublin, perceive how they are recognized within four distinct intersubjective arenas of everyday life – within their familial unit, their religio-cultural community, and the broader legal and societal spheres of interaction. This chapter aims to provide further insights into the perceptions of a relatively understudied minority population and gain a better understanding of the recent transition the roi has made from being a predominantly homogeneous society to one of increasing religio-cultural heterogeneity and plurality. Based on twenty-five qualitative semi-structured interviews, the research finds that although perceptions of misrecognition exist within each particular intersubjective sphere, the majority of interviewees perceive recognition as being fulfilled within the first three spheres. The fourth arena – the societal sphere – is empirically verified as the location in which pathologies of disrespect are most evident and extensive, particularly in relation to various forms of discrimination and negative media representation.

Muslims at the Margins of Europe

Finland, Greece, Ireland and Portugal

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