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On the discursive and methodological categorisation of islam and muslims in the west: Ontological and epistemological considerations

Mansouri, Fethi 2020, On the discursive and methodological categorisation of islam and muslims in the west: Ontological and epistemological considerations, Religions, vol. 11, no. 10, pp. 1-17, doi: 10.3390/rel11100501.

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Title On the discursive and methodological categorisation of islam and muslims in the west: Ontological and epistemological considerations
Author(s) Mansouri, FethiORCID iD for Mansouri, Fethi orcid.org/0000-0002-4120-9391
Journal name Religions
Volume number 11
Issue number 10
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2020
ISSN 2077-1444
Keyword(s) Muslim migrants
reporting/representing Islam
epistemological bias
social categorisation
methodological reductionism
Summary This article reflects on the ethical and epistemological challenges facing researchers engaged in contemporary studies of Islam and Muslims in the West. Particularly, it focuses on the impact of the constructions and categorisations of Muslims and Islam in research. To do this, it considers the entwinement of public discourses and the development of research agendas and projects. To examine this complex and enmeshed process, this article explores ideological, discursive and epistemological approaches that it argues researchers need to consider. In invoking these three approaches alongside an analysis of a collection of recent research, this article contends that questions of race, religion and politics have been deployed to reinforce, rather than challenge, certain essentialist/orientalist representations of Islam and Muslims in the West in research. As this article shows, this practice is increasingly threatening to compromise, in a Habermasian communicative sense (i.e., the opportunity to speak and be heard for all concerned), the ethical and epistemological underpinnings of social science research with its emphasis on inclusion and respect.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/rel11100501
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 2204 Religion and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30144441

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