Examining Islamic religiosity and civic engagement in Melbourne

Vergani, Matteo, Johns, Amelia, Lobo, Michele and Mansouri, Fethi 2017, Examining Islamic religiosity and civic engagement in Melbourne, Journal of sociology, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 631-78, doi: 10.1177/1440783315621167.

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Title Examining Islamic religiosity and civic engagement in Melbourne
Author(s) Vergani, MatteoORCID iD for Vergani, Matteo orcid.org/0000-0003-0546-4771
Johns, AmeliaORCID iD for Johns, Amelia orcid.org/0000-0002-3946-7869
Lobo, MicheleORCID iD for Lobo, Michele orcid.org/0000-0001-7733-666X
Mansouri, FethiORCID iD for Mansouri, Fethi orcid.org/0000-0002-4120-9391
Journal name Journal of sociology
Volume number 53
Issue number 1
Start page 631
End page 78
Total pages 16
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 1440-7833
Keyword(s) citizenship
civic engagement
sociology of religion
Social Sciences
Summary With geopolitical concerns surrounding the rise of militant, transnational groups who draw on Islamic texts for legitimacy, the place of Islam in western societies has become a source of anxiety, fear and suspicion. The central concern is whether Muslims living in the West have the capacity to become fully active citizens. This article uses quantitative and qualitative methods to examine whether Islamic religiosity is a predictor for civic engagement and active citizenship among Muslims living in Melbourne, Australia. The findings show that organized religiosity can be a strong predictor of civic engagement, countering the discourses that demonize Islam as a source of radicalization and social disengagement. While the findings show that suspicion of divisive forces and lack of trust in public institutions might prevent some young Muslims from engaging in formal political participation, grassroots civic engagement enables Muslims to demonstrate care and feel like active citizens of the Australian community without compromising core religious values.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1440783315621167
Field of Research 160803 Race and Ethnic Relations
1608 Sociology
2002 Cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, The Authors
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