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A fragmented discourse of religious leadership in France: Muslim youth between citizenship and radicalization

Andre, Virginie, Mansouri, Fethi and Lobo, Michele 2015, A fragmented discourse of religious leadership in France: Muslim youth between citizenship and radicalization, Journal of Muslim minority affairs, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 296-313, doi: 10.1080/13602004.2015.1046743.

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Title A fragmented discourse of religious leadership in France: Muslim youth between citizenship and radicalization
Author(s) Andre, Virginie
Mansouri, FethiORCID iD for Mansouri, Fethi orcid.org/0000-0002-8914-0485
Lobo, MicheleORCID iD for Lobo, Michele orcid.org/0000-0001-7733-666X
Journal name Journal of Muslim minority affairs
Volume number 35
Issue number 2
Start page 296
End page 313
Total pages 17
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1360-2004
1469-9591
Summary At a time when public debates about radicalization of Muslim youth in the West are taking center stage and when questions about “home-grown” security threats are increasing in the wake of a number of terrorist attacks in many émigré societies, this article provides fresh empirical insights from the perspective of religious leadership. It outlines a picture of a highly diverse Muslim religious landscape where competing religious discourses are struggling to attract and support Muslim youth facing social dislocation and identity crises within increasingly contested social milieus. The article argues that a typology of religious leadership is clearly emerging where a spectrum of faith-based orientations and religious practice emphasize, to different degrees, notions of attachment to universal ethics and individual agency. The fact that conservative, sometimes radical, interpretations of such contestations represent a minority of voices is heartening even though the actual damage by such minority is often disproportionate to its actual size within the so-called silent majority. The empirical insights provided by the religious leaders interviewed for this study offer hope that the future of Western Muslims is more positive than we are led to think, if the possibility of combining devout faith with local political engagement becomes a real and sustainable conduit towards social inclusion and intercultural understanding and if necessary support and understanding are extended by the host communities.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13602004.2015.1046743
Field of Research 169999 Studies In Human Society not elsewhere classified
1699 Other Studies In Human Society
2204 Religion And Religious Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
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