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European Shiism? Counterpoints from Shiites’ organization in Europe

Van Den Bos, Matthijs (2012) European Shiism? Counterpoints from Shiites’ organization in Europe. Ethnicities 12 (5), pp. 556-580. ISSN 1468-7968.

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European Shiism is a neglected area in studies of European Islam, which raises the question of to what extent Shiism in Europe represents a particular realm of organization and a particular religiosity. Shiism’s striking transnational features, and general findings on European Islam, suggest prolific border-crossing and cross-ethnic organization among Shiites in Europe. Exploring British and Dutch cases, however, leaves little room for the notion of a specific European Shiite realm. When focusing on the ethnic-national background of board members of Shiite organizations and on their formal organizational interlocks, ethnically articulate identities come to the fore, particular mixes of which take shape within sub-European frameworks of states. The last section explores sociopolitical implications of Shiites’ organizational life in Europe, as seen through the Dutch and British samples. A contrast is drawn between the relative scarcity of Shiite organization, which delimits the role of Shiism as a political actor in Europe, and recent indications of civic engagement.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): European Islam, Shiism, transnational networks, The Netherlands, Britain
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
Depositing User: Dr M. Van Den Bos
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2012 08:19
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:23

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