This book offers a new direction for the study of contemporary Islam by focusing on what being Muslim means in people’s everyday lives. It complements existing studies by focusing not on mosque-going, activist Muslims, but on how people live out their faith in schools, workplaces and homes, and in dealing with problems of health, wellbeing and relationships. As well as offering fresh empirical studies of everyday lived Islam, the book offers a new approach which calls for the study of ’official’ religion and everyday ’tactical’ religion in relation to one another. It discusses what this involves, the methods it requires, and how it relates to existing work in Islamic Studies.
’Everyday Lived Islam in Europe is a fascinating and well-written book that brings together a number of cases dealing with the ways Muslims of different backgrounds practice religion in different settings and under different circumstances. The book ventures into a field in the study of Islam in Europe that has been neglected until now and builds on the postulate that theologies are not made exclusively in official venues by religious experts, but at a multiplicity of places and occasions and not only by experts. It is essential reading material for all those interested in how Islam takes shape in Europe.’ Thijl Sunier, VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands ’Everyday Lived Islam in Europe opens a new chapter in the study of Muslim communities in Europe. Transcending stale debates about integration and "social cohesion," this unique collection of research essays provides a portrait of how Muslims in Europe in multiple and highly varied locales and lifeworlds create meaning in relation to religion. A must read for anyone seeking to understand the social reality of European Islam today.’ Peter Mandaville, author of Global Political Islam 'Scholars of religion can look to this work, comprised of both senior scholars of religion and Islam in Europe, as well as up and coming stars, as a good example of the kind of inter-generational insight and innovative theoretical framing that is necessary to contribute to the larger discussion of religion’s meeting places among a variety of metamorphosing cultural traditions.' Middle East Media & Book Reviews
Contents: Introduction, Nathal M. Dessing, Nadia Jeldtoft, Jørgen S. Nielsen and Linda Woodhead; Part 1 Studying Everyday Lived Islam in Theory and Practice: Tactical and strategic religion, Linda Woodhead; The hypervisibility of Islam, Nadia Jeldtoft; How to study everyday Islam, Nathal M. Dessing. Part 2 Case Studies: Bihishti Zewar: Islam, text, and the daily lives of Gujarati women in Leicester, Raana Bokhari; Elastic orthodoxy: the tactics of young Muslim identity in the East End of London, Daniel Nilsson DeHanas; Spirituality and emotions: making a room of one’s own, Nadia Jeldtoft; ‘School Islam’: lived religion in the context of a secular public institution, Sidsel Vive Jensen and Lene Kühle; Experiencing Islam: narratives about faith by young adult Muslims in Malmö and Copenhagen, Jonas Otterbeck; Daily life and conflict in the Albayzín neighbourhood of Granada, F. Javier Rosón; Illness, healing and everyday Islam: transnational lives of Somali migrant women, Marja Tiilikainen. Concluding reflections: everyday lived Islam and the future of Islamic studies, Jørgen S. Nielsen; Index.
This book series emanates from the largest research programme on religion in Europe today - the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme which has invested in over seventy-five research projects. Thirty-two separate disciplines are represented looking at religion across the world, many with a contemporary and some with an historical focus. This international, multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary book series includes monographs, paperback textbooks and edited research collections drawn from this leading research programme.