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Ethical‐Formation of Self in Islamic Discursive Practices amongst Muslim Youth: An Ethnography of the Uppsala Mosque
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Cultural Anthropology.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 30 credits / 45 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The premise of this study is reinvention of the role ascribed to Islamic discursive traditions in a secular context. The study will explore the experiences of youngMuslims participating in congregational Salat (ritual prayer) and religious pedagogical activities in the mosque of Uppsala, Sweden. These Ethical learning activities include gathering in groups for the sake of acquiring religious knowledge, such as the correct performance of rituals, with the apparent aim of cultivating virtues and habits in order to imbibe Islamic principles into their everyday lives. The relationship among sacred and mundane activities is examined with the help of an ethnographic case study in Uppsala Mosque.Religious lessons and the ritual of Salat, as Islamic discursive traditions, are used by young Muslims living in Uppsala as a means of developing an ethical formation of self, to deal with the more mundane aspects of their lives. The work bodily practices perform, in construction of a subject along with the moral agency associated with such religious practices are discussed. The concept of ethical formation of self is drawn from the later work of Foucault, who extends the domain of ethics not as an idea, or as a set of regulatory norms, but as a setof practical activities that are relevant to a certain way of life. This relationship between sacred and mundane activities, between the religious and the secular domain, is examined with the help of an ethnographic case study at Uppsala Mosque.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 133 p.
Masteruppsatser i kulturantropologi, ISSN 1653-2244 ; 42
Keyword [en]
Discursive Traditions, Ethical-formation, Anthropology of Religion, Ritual of Salat, Moral Agency, European Muslims, Sweden, Uppsala
National Category
Social Anthropology
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-212407OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-212407DiVA: diva2:677698
Educational program
Masters in Humanities, Cultural Anthropology
Available from: 2013-12-10 Created: 2013-12-10 Last updated: 2013-12-10Bibliographically approved

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