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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: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Depositing User: Matthijs Van Den Bos
    Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2015 07:57
    Last Modified: 15 Jun 2021 08:02

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