Identification and Belonging: A Case Study of White German Women Converts to Islam

L. Sirri*

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Abstract

This study explores the possibilities of identification and belonging in a socio-religious space that contains multiple communal boundaries. It is based on narrated accounts of White Christian German women living in Berlin, Germany. who have converted to Islam. Their shared cultural background with other White German women, their new Islamic religion, and, for some, their intermarriage affiliation with Muslims, position these women in a complex relation to the multiple communities within this space. This intersectional positioning opens up possibilities for constructing, negotiating and articulating religious, cultural, and gender identification and belonging. This study aims to investigate how these women construct notions of gender, Islam and Muslimness, and how they position themselves in relation to communal boundaries of identification and belonging. It also explores the sense they make of their positionings, and how these are expressed in their daily lives. To this end, the research describes their encounters in the spheres of the community and the family. The research aims to contribute to an enhanced understanding of gutes Leben, the human flourishing, of White German women who have converted to Islam.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)104-119
Number of pages16
JournalFeminist Theology
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2021

Keywords

  • Identification
  • belonging
  • Islam
  • White
  • gender
  • intersectionality
  • conversion
  • SOCIOLOGY

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