Is this Islamic enough? ; intra-diasporic secularism and religious experience in the Shi`i Iranian diaspora in London

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Gholami, R. 2014. Is this Islamic enough? ; intra-diasporic secularism and religious experience in the Shi`i Iranian diaspora in London. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 40 (1), pp. 60-79. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2013.782150
TypeArticle
TitleIs this Islamic enough? ; intra-diasporic secularism and religious experience in the Shi`i Iranian diaspora in London
AuthorsGholami, R.
Abstract

This paper explores the relationship between devout Iranian Shi`a in London and an intra-diasporic secularism referred to as ‘non-Islamiosity’ – a discourse, sensibility and mode of practice through which some London Iranians construct, experience and live diasporic identity, community and consciousness in a way that marginalises, excludes or eradicates (only) Islam. It is argued that intra-diasporic relations of power vis-á-vis Islam and non-Islamiosity play a pivotal role in shaping the sensibilities and religious experience of devout Iranian Shi`a for many of whom ‘real life’ to a significant degree takes place within the diaspora. These Muslims are incapable of ‘othering’ non-Islamiosity in the same way that they can distance themselves from ‘British society’, due to the fact that they have an emotional, moral and political stake in the Iranian diaspora. Thus, they are drawn into a relationship in which they see little choice but – as they describe it – to make concessions to non-Islamiosity.

PublisherTaylor & Francis (Routledge)
JournalJournal of Ethnic and Migration Studies
ISSN1369-183X
Electronic1469-9451
Publication dates
Print15 Apr 2013
Print02 Jan 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited26 Jan 2015
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2013.782150
LanguageEnglish
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