Contested Marriages: Young Muslims in transnational contexts

Project leader

Funding source

Swedish Research Council - Vetenskapsrådet (VR)

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2010
End date: 31/12/2012
Funding: 2853000 SEK


Activists in Muslim youth organisations in Sweden, who would call themselves "brothers and sisters in Islam", were the object of my previous research. It focused on their joining a global Islamic revival and constructing a pan-Islamic identity across diverse backgrounds. Now they are reaching the age of marriage. This new research project aims at investigating different negotiations surrounding the planning of their marriages - with whom, when, where and how. Such negotiations involve global Islamic networks and discourses as well as transnational families with different attitudes to the religion. Living in Europe they are also affected by conditions in the local surrounding societies. The project is a qualitative study using interviews and observations among young organised Muslims in two European countries - Sweden and Italy. With point of departure in individual ideals, desires, conditions and power of influence, the focal problem of marriage negotiations is intended to function as a strategic window to examine significant aspects of change. The window opens the possibility to see how people´s actions in local everyday life are connected to societal processes of globalisation and the reorganisation of gender relations. With its focus on young organised Muslims´ family formation the project will fill an obvious gap in Swedish and international research, and it will provide important correctives to the ongoing discussion on the conditions of young Muslims in Europe.

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