Being Young and Muslim

Being Young and Muslim : New Cultural Politics in the Global South and North

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"This is an excellent collection of essays on youth in a number of Muslim majority (and minority) societies in the context of globalization and modernity. A particular strength of this volume is its ability to highlight the multiple and contested roles of religion and personal faith in the fashioning of contemporary youthful Muslim identities. Such insights often challenge secular Western master narratives of modernity and suggest credible reconceptualizations of what it means to be young and modern in a broad swath of the world today." - Asma Afsaruddin, Professor of Islamic Studies, Indiana University In recent years, there has been a proliferation of interest in youth issues and Muslim youth in particular. Young Muslims have been thrust into the global spotlight in relation to questions about security and extremism, work and migration, and rights and citizenship. This book interrogates the cultures and politics of Muslim youth in the global South and North to understand their trajectories, conditions, and choices. Drawing on wide-ranging research from Indonesia to Iran and Germany to the U.S., it shows that while the majority of young Muslims share many common social, political, and economic challenges, they exhibit remarkably diverse responses to them.
Far from being "exceptional," young Muslims often have as much in common with their non-Muslim global generational counterparts as they share among themselves. As they migrate, forge networks, innovate in the arts, master the tools of new media, and assert themselves in the public sphere, Muslim youth have emerged as important cultural and political actors on a world stage.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 33.02mm | 635.03g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0195369203
  • 9780195369205
  • 900,107

Table of contents

Acknowledgements ; Introduction: Being Young and Muslim in Neoliberal Times ; Asef Bayat and Linda Herrera ; Politics of Dissent ; Muslim Youth and the Claim of Youthfulness ; Asef Bayat ; The Drama of Jihad: The Emergence of Salafi Youth in Indonesia ; Noorhaidi Hasan ; Moroccan Youth and Political Islam ; Mounia Bennani-Chraibi ; Rebels without a Cause? A Politics of Deviance in Saudi Arabia ; Abdullah al-Otaibi and Pascal Menoret ; The Battle of the Ages: Contests for Religious Authority in The Gambia ; Marloes Janson ; Cyber Resistance: Palestinian Youth and Emerging Internet Culture ; Makram Khoury-Machool ; Livelihoods and Lifestyles ; Young Egyptians' Quest for Jobs and Justice ; Linda Herrera ; Reaching a Larger World: Muslim Youth and Expanding Circuitries of Operation ; AbdouMaliq Simone ; Being Young, Muslim and American in Brooklyn ; Moustafa Bayoumi ; Strivings for Citizenship ; 'Also the School Is a Temple': Republicanism, Imagined Transnational Spaces, and the Schooling Of Muslim Youth in France ; Andre Elias Mazawi ; Avoiding "Youthfulness"? Young Muslims Negotiating Gender and Citizenship in France and Germany ; Schirin Amir-Moazami ; Struggles over Defining the Moral City: Islam and Urban Public Life in Iran ; Azam Khatam ; Navigating Identities ; Securing Futures: Youth, Generation, and Muslim Identities in Niger ; Adeline Masquelier ; "Rasta" Sufis and Muslim Youth Culture in Mali ; Benjamin F. Soares ; Performance, Politics and Visceral Transformation: Post-Islamist Youth in Turkey ; Ay?e Saktanber ; Negotiating with Modernity: Young Women and Sexuality in Iran ; Fatemeh Sadeghi ; Musical Politics ; Funental's "Jihad Rap" ; Ted Swedenburg ; Maroc-Hop: Music and Youth Identities in the Netherlands ; Miriam Gazzah ; Heavy Metal in the Middle East: New Urban Spaces in a Translocal Underground ; Pierre Hecker ; Music VCDs and the New Generation: Negotiating Youth, Femininity and Islam in Indonesia ; Suzanne Naafs ; Conclusion: Knowing Muslim Youth ; Linda Herrera and Asef Bayat ; References ; Author Bios
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Among the impressive features of * Nazli Kibria, The British Journal of Sociology *
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About Asef Bayat

Linda Herrera, Senior Lecturer in International Development Studies, is Convenor of the Children and Youth Studies M.A. specialization at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Asef Bayat, Professor of Sociology and Middle East Studies, holds the chair of Society and Culture of the Middle East and Leiden University, The Netherlands. He is the author of Making Islam Democratic: Social Movements and the Post-Islamist Turn (2007) and Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East (2010).
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