Neo-Traditional Salafis in the West: Agents of (Self)-Exclusion
In Samina Yasmeen, Muslims in the West and Social Exclusion, Ashgate, 2014, Forthcoming
24 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 23, 2013
This chapter examines how the context of belonging to a new immigrant minority religion group can contribute to the process of facilitation and (re)-enforcement of exclusionary social orientations among some Muslims residing in western liberal democracies. In the first part of the chapter I note that the concepts of religion-based identity and the erection of socioreligious boundaries between the Self (new Muslim religious minority immigrant) and the Other (broader society) which emphasize certain markers of difference between the Self and the Other (as exemplified by a veiled Muslim woman) can contribute to the engendering of socially exclusivist orientations among western Muslims. In the second and the third parts of the chapter I demonstrate these forces at play by taking as an example one contemporary Muslim movement present among western Muslims that I term Neo-traditional Salafism (NTS).
Keywords: muslim minorities, muslims in europe, muslims in the west, salafism, religion and gender, religion and ethnicity
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