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

Paperback | August 30, 2010

byAsef Bayat, Linda Herrera

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This volume explores the ways in which the young, both in Muslim majority societies and Muslim communities in the West, negotiate their Muslim identity in relation to their youthful desires - their individuality, the search for autonomy and security for the future. Due to a combination of theshifting moral politics at home, the relentless process of cultural and economic globalization, the rise of a civilizational discourse in which "Islam" is positioned in opposition to the "West," sluggish economies and wide scale unemployment, youth cultures and politics are developing in novel yetlittle understood ways. Their interests, aspirations, and socioeconomic capacities appear to be producing a new cultural politics: the cultural behavior of Muslim youths, the authors say, must be understood as located in the political realm and representing a new arena of contestation for power.While often referred to as the "builders of the future" by the power elite, the young are also stigmatized and feared as disruptive agents who are prone to radicalism and deviation. The essays in this volume look at the strategies Muslim youths deploy to realize their interests and aspirations,including music and fashion, party politics, collective violence, gang activities, religious radicalism and other forms of expression.

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This volume explores the ways in which the young, both in Muslim majority societies and Muslim communities in the West, negotiate their Muslim identity in relation to their youthful desires - their individuality, the search for autonomy and security for the future. Due to a combination of theshifting moral politics at home, the relentl...

Asef Bayat is Director and Professor at the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM), University of Leiden. Linda Herrera is Research Fellow at the ISIM.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:464 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:August 30, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgements1. Asef Bayat and Linda Herrera: Introduction: Being Young and Muslim in Neoliberal TimesPolitics of Dissent2. Asef Bayat: Muslim Youth and the Claim of Youthfulness3. Noorhaidi Hasan: The Drama of Jihad: The Emergence of Salafi Youth in Indonesia4. Mounia Bennani-Chraibi: Moroccan Youth and Political Islam5. Abdullah al-Otaibi and Pascal Menoret: Rebels without a Cause? A Politics of Deviance in Saudi Arabia6. Marloes Janson: The Battle of the Ages: Contests for Religious Authority in The Gambia7. Makram Khoury-Machool: Cyber Resistance: Palestinian Youth and Emerging Internet CultureLivelihoods and Lifestyles8. Linda Herrera: Young Egyptians' Quest for Jobs and Justice9. AbdouMaliq Simone: Reaching a Larger World: Muslim Youth and Expanding Circuitries of Operation10. Moustafa Bayoumi: Being Young, Muslim and American in BrooklynStrivings for Citizenship11. Andre Elias Mazawi: 'Also the School Is a Temple': Republicanism, Imagined Transnational Spaces, and the Schooling Of Muslim Youth in France12. Schirin Amir-Moazami: Avoiding Youthfulness? Young Muslims Negotiating Gender and Citizenship in France and Germany13. Azam Khatam: Struggles over Defining the Moral City: Islam and Urban Public Life in IranNavigating Identities14. Adeline Masquelier: Securing Futures: Youth, Generation, and Muslim Identities in Niger15. Benjamin F. Soares: Rastanull Sufis and Muslim Youth Culture in Mali16. Aye Saktanber: Performance, Politics and Visceral Transformation: Post-Islamist Youth in Turkey17. Fatemeh Sadeghi: Negotiating with Modernity: Young Women and Sexuality in IranMusical Politics18. Ted Swedenburg: FunMental's Jihad Rap19. Mirian Gazzah: Maroc-Hop: Music and Youth Identities in the Netherlands20. Pierre Hecker: Heavy Metal in the Middle East: New Urban Spaces in a Translocal Underground21. Suzanne Naafs: Music VCDs and the New Generation: Negotiating Youth, Femininity and Islam in Indonesia22. Linda Herrera and Asef Bayat: Conclusion: Knowing Muslim YouthReferencesAuthor Bios