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"I wouldn't call them Muslims!": Constructing a Respectable Islam

Otterbeck, Jonas LU (2015) In Numen 62(2-3). p.243-264
Abstract
This article addresses the understanding of Islam of nine young adult Muslims living in the Malmo and Copenhagen region. 1 Throughout the interviews with the young adults, they mark their distance from what they perceive as unacceptable forms of Islamic ideas and practices, labeling these ideas as extremist and inconsistent. They develop discursive techniques of distancing themselves from the mediated Islam of radicals and the often negative rendering of Islam that they encounter in daily life and in the media. By negotiating with the dominant discourse on what a "respectable religion" should look like, the young adults construct a religiosity that shares much of the form prescribed by mainstream society, but is different in content. The... (More)
This article addresses the understanding of Islam of nine young adult Muslims living in the Malmo and Copenhagen region. 1 Throughout the interviews with the young adults, they mark their distance from what they perceive as unacceptable forms of Islamic ideas and practices, labeling these ideas as extremist and inconsistent. They develop discursive techniques of distancing themselves from the mediated Islam of radicals and the often negative rendering of Islam that they encounter in daily life and in the media. By negotiating with the dominant discourse on what a "respectable religion" should look like, the young adults construct a religiosity that shares much of the form prescribed by mainstream society, but is different in content. The theoretical framework is drawn from the study of sociology of religion and, in particular, from Beverley Skeggs' theories on respectability (1997). (Less)
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Islam, Muslim youth, respectability, Sweden, Denmark
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62
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2-3
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243 - 264
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Brill Academic Publishers
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0029-5973
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10.1163/15685276-12341365
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English
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  keyword      = {Islam,Muslim youth,respectability,Sweden,Denmark},
  language     = {eng},
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  series       = {Numen},
  title        = {"I wouldn't call them Muslims!": Constructing a Respectable Islam},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/15685276-12341365},
  volume       = {62},
  year         = {2015},
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