As Islam’s visibility in global society increases, Muslim populations grow, and Muslim countries compete to take up positions at the heart of global sport, the interplay between sport and Islam becomes ever more illuminating. Sport in Islam and in Muslim Communities is the first book to analyse this relationship through a pluralist lens, exploring the questions it raises about contemporary Islam, globalisation, and the challenges faced by (in particular young) Muslims in negotiating their place in global society.
With contributions from Muslim and non-Muslim authors, the book approaches an array of contemporary issues, from the role of sport in gender, youth and political identities in Islam and Muslim societies to sport policy in Muslim countries, sport’s role among Muslim minorities and sport marketing’s relationship to Muslim cultures.
Drawing on sociology, anthropology, political science, Islamic studies and sport studies, Sport in Islam and in Muslim Communities not only examines the significance of sport in Islam, but helps to draw wider conclusions on religious identity in sporting settings and the interplay between sport, gender, political ideology and consumer culture.
1. Sport in Islam: the complexities, controversies and context (Alberto Testa and Mahfoud Amara) Part 1: Understanding Sport in Islam 2. Engaging in sport: The Islamic framework (Alberto Testa) Part 2: Gender, Body and Culture 3. Sports participation of Muslim youth in Germany (Ulrike Burrmann and Michael Mutz) 4. Being and Becoming Tomboys: Muslim Women Gender Identities and Sport (Sumaya Farooq Samie) 5. Women, Islamic Feminism and Children Only Soccer in Erdoğan’s Turkey: empowerment or discrimination? (Itir Erhart) 6. Football, war and masculinities on the Palestine Gaza Strip: A nation without a proper state (Gert Von Der Lipp) Part 3: Sport and Politics of Identity 7. Sport and Political Transition in Tunisia (Mahfoud Amara) 8. Contestations and Dichotomies Concerning Women’s Bodies and Sports in Contemporary Turkey: From Aysun Özbek to Neslihan Darnel (Sertaç Sehlikoglu) 9. The Influence of the Nation of Islam and Islam on British-Muslim Ex-offenders: Malcolm, Muhammad and Redemption (Amir Saeed) 10. Muslim Immigrants and Football in Amara Lakhous’s Fiction (Yousef Awad) Part 4: Sport development and sport for development 11. Sport and integration discourse in Norway (Kristin Walseth) 12. Islam, Sport and Marketing or sport marketing in Muslim cultures (Guillaume Bodet and Mahfoud Amara) 13. Sport policy and Islam in Malaysia (Mohd Salleh Aman) 14. Diplomacy and The Beautiful Game: Muslim footballers as ambassadors of faith (Omar Salha) Part 5: Conclusion 15. Research on Sport and Islam: the way forward (Alberto Testa and Mahfoud Amara)