Negotiating secular boundaries: Pious micro-practices of Muslim women in French and German public spheres

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Abstract

This article discusses how religious Muslim women negotiate Islamic prayer and Islamic dress within French and German public spheres where Islamic connoted bodily practices are not easily accommodated. While these women perceive their practice first and foremost in terms of devotional practices with the objective to fashion and strengthen a pious self, within the context of these secular public spheres they also get entangled in (re-)signification processes. In order to grasp these specific shifts in the religious practices in question, the article discusses approaches that emphasise the role of corporeality in the shaping of religious subjects with those conducted in the field of performance theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)455-470
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Anthropology
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Islam
  • Performativity
  • Public sphere
  • Religious practice
  • Women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anthropology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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