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Islam Moves West: Religious Change in the First and Second Generations


David Voas


University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER)

Fenella Fleischmann


Utrecht University

August 2012

Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 38, pp. 525-545, 2012

Abstract:     
What happens to the religious identity, belief, and practice of Muslims who settle in Western countries? Do they, or their children and subsequent generations, gradually become more secular? Or do they react against the dominant ethos and perceived prejudice by becoming more religious? We review recent research that touches on these questions. Most Muslim immigrants outside the United States come from rural areas of less developed countries where religiosity is higher than in the receiving societies. Residence in areas of high coethnic concentration, support from religious communities, and religious endogamy help to maintain religious commitment. The situation is more complicated for the second generation. Western culture has an influence, but structural integration does not necessarily reduce religiosity. Some children of immigrants try to follow a “real” Islam that has been purified of culturally specific practices. Hostility toward Muslims may lead some to react by increasing their own religious involvement.

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Date posted: July 16, 2012  

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Voas, David and Fleischmann, Fenella, Islam Moves West: Religious Change in the First and Second Generations (August 2012). Annual Review of Sociology, Vol. 38, pp. 525-545, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2106281 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-soc-071811-145455

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David Voas (Contact Author)
University of Essex - Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) ( email )
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom
Fenella Fleischmann
Utrecht University ( email )
Vredenburg 138
Utrecht, 3511 BG
Netherlands
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