This book examines the needs, aspirations, strategies, and challenges of transnational Muslim migrants in Europe with regard to family practices such as marriage, divorce and parenting. Critically re-conceptualising ‘wellbeing’ and unpacking its multiple dimensions in the context of Muslim families, it investigates how migrants make sense of and draw on different norms, laws, and regimes of knowledge as they navigate different aspects of family relations and life in a transnational social space. With attention to issues such as registration of marriage, civil versus religious marriage, spousal roles and rights, polygamy, parenting, child wellbeing, and everyday security, the authors offer national and comparative case studies of Muslim families from different parts of the world, covering different family bonds and relations, within both extended and nuclear families.
Based on empirical research in the Nordic region and further afield, this volume affords a more complete understanding of the practices of transnational migrant families, as well as the processes through which family relations and rights are negotiated between family members and with state institutions and laws, whilst contributing to the growing literature on migrant wellbeing. As such, it will appeal to scholars of sociology and social policy with interests in migration and transnational communities, wellbeing and the family.
1. Introduction: Wellbeing, Family Life, and Transnational Muslims in the West
Mulki Al-Sharmani, Marja Tiilikainen and Sanna Mustasaari
2. Converts, Marriage, and the Dutch Nation-state: Contestations about Muslim Women’s Wellbeing
Annelies Moors and Vanessa Vroon-Najem
3. Wellbeing, Law and Marriage: Recognition of Nikāh in Multicultural Britain and the Finnish Welfare State
Sanna Mustasaari and Vishal Vora
4. A Mosque Programme for the Wellbeing of Muslim Families
5. Polygamy, Wellbeing and Ill-being amongst Ethnic Muslim Minorities
6. Transnational Families Navigating the Law: Marriage, Divorce and Wellbeing
Iris Sportel, Betty de Hart and Friso Kulk
7. Somali Parents in Sweden: Navigating Parenting and Child Wellbeing
8. Transnational Finnish-Somali Families and Children’s Wellbeing
Abdirashid A. Ismail
9. Raising Children of Somali Descent in Toronto: Challenges and Struggles for Everyday Security and Wellbeing
10. Childhood, Wellbeing and Transnational Migrant Families: Conceptual and Methodological Issues
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