Being Young and Muslim: New Cultural Politics in the Global South and North

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There has been a proliferation of interest in youth issues in recent years, and Muslim youth in particular. Young Muslims have been thrust into the global spotlight in relation to questions about security, employment, migration, multiculturalism, conflict, human rights, and citizenship. This book interrogates the cultures and politics of Muslim youth in the global South and North to understand their trajectories, conditions, and choices. It shows that although the majority of young Muslims share many common social, political, and economic misfortunes, they exhibit remarkably diverse responses to their situations. Although groups of them are drawn into radical Islam, others embrace their religion more as an identity marker. Although some take Islam as a normative frame and subvert it to express and reclaim their youthfulness, their counterparts may exert themselves through a music of rage or via collective action using the tools of new media and communications technologies. Far from being "exceptional," young Muslims in reality have as much in common with their non-Muslim global generational counterparts as they share among themselves. They permeate the spaces of culture and politics to navigate between being Muslim, modern, and young.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages448
ISBN (Electronic)9780199871179
ISBN (Print)9780195369212
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Citizenship
  • Cultural politics
  • Generation
  • Globalization
  • Muslim youth
  • New media
  • Security
  • Unemployment
  • Youthfulness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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