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Introducing "Fourth Space": Young Muslims Negotiating Marriage in Europe
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies, Ethnology.
2016 (English)In: Ethnologia Europaea, ISSN 0425-4597, E-ISSN 1604-3030, Vol. 46, no 1, 40-57 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Based on interviews with young persons in two national Muslim youth organizations in Europe, this article examines how young Muslims negotiate between the cultural customs of their societiesof origin, their everyday experiences in Europe, and the global Muslim public sphere. In seekinga universal “true” core of Islam, these young persons create their own version of Islam, a “fourthspace” in which they reinterpret the authoritative source texts of Islam in light of personal diasporicexperiences in Europe. This reinterpretation becomes particularly pertinent in the context of planningfor future marriage, where they jointly construct new understandings of Islam to argue for inter-ethnic marriages and later age at marriage, to argue against coercion in arranged marriages, tooppose polygyny and to portray the stigmatization of divorce as counter to the true spirit of Islam.

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2016. Vol. 46, no 1, 40-57 p.
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Sweden, Italy, marriage, youth, Islamic revival
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-132309OAI: diva2:951160
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-08-06 Created: 2016-08-06 Last updated: 2016-08-23Bibliographically approved

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