Inventing the Muslim Cool: Islamic Youth Culture in Western Europe

Inventing the Muslim Cool: Islamic Youth Culture in Western Europe

by Maruta Herding


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Young Muslims have begun to develop a subculture within Europe's growing Muslim population, its manifestations ranging from the proliferation of religious rap and streetwear featuring Islamic slogans to morally impeccable comedy. These forms of religiously permissible fun and youth-compatible worship are actively shaping the future of Islam in Europe and the character of Muslim and non-Muslims relations. Based on a vast selection of youth cultural artifacts, participant observations, and in-depth interviews in France, Britain,and Germany, this book vividly captures the Islamic youth culture of today and the factors driving its particular development.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9783837625110
Publisher: Transcript Verlag, Roswitha Gost, Sigrid Nokel u. Dr. Karin Werner
Publication date: 05/28/2014
Series: Global/Local Islam
Pages: 241
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Maruta Herding (Dr.) is a sociologist at the German Youth Institute (Deutsches Jugendinstitut e.V.) in Halle, Germany. Her research interests include the study of young people, subcultures and Muslims in Europe.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 7

I Introduction 9

II Setting the Scene 25

A Theoretical Considerations 25

1 Youth Culture 26

2 Hybridity 39

3 Islam in Europe 44

B Methodology 59

1 Asking Questions 59

2 Designing the Research 60

3 Searching for Answers: Fieldwork 69

4 Finding Answers: Methods of Analysis 72

5 Limits and Ethical Considerations 81

III "Portez vos valeurs": Manifestations of Islamic Youth Culture 83

A Introduction 83

B Manifestations and Artefacts 84

1 Performing Arts: Music and Comedy 84

2 Fashion 99

3 Media 110

C Conclusion: Defining Islamic Youth Culture 118

IV Living Islamic Youth Culture: Observations Among Consumers 123

A Introduction 123

B A Subculture in Practice 125

1 Style 128

2 Idea 132

3 Action 137

C Conclusion: A Focus on Activity 142

V Producing Islamic Youth Culture: A Typology of Motivations 145

A Introduction 145

B Four Types of Motivation 149

1 Type One: Campaigners 149

2 Type Two: Improvers 154

3 Type Three: Empowerers 160

4 Type Four: Proselytisers 167

C Conclusion: Patterns of a Muslim-European Culture 176

VI Beyond the Findings 179

A A Conservative Avant-Garde 179

B Islamic Youth Culture in the Context of Research 193

VII Conclusion 197

Appendix 203

A Interview Questionnaire 203

B List of Interviewees 207

C Letter of First Contact 210

D Consent Form 211

E List of Codes 212

F Glossary 213

Bibliography 215

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