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    Migration and Muslim Cultural Identity: Living as Outsiders, Inside Europe

    Liston, Zoe (2014) Migration and Muslim Cultural Identity: Living as Outsiders, Inside Europe. Research and Perspectives on Development Practice, 17. ISSN 2009-6976

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    This research paper is a summary of an MA thesis submitted to the Kimmage Development Studies Centre, in 2010. The objective was to explore whether geographical migration has an affect on the cultural identity of Muslim migrants living in Ireland. Set against the socio-political backdrop of the terrorist attacks of 2001 and the subsequent “war on terror”, Europe and other parts of the Western world have experienced a polarisation of Muslim cultural identity and Euro-Christian cultural identity. Reductive identities and stereotyping in the past decade have contributed to the growth in perceived ‘terror’ and the ever widening culture gap. With an interest in interculturalism, my aim was to assess whether migration affects change on Muslim cultural identity and if it contributes to the perpetuation of cultural ‘Othering’. I conducted twelve semi-structured interviews with Muslim migrants in the Dublin area and an additional eight questionnaires. Findings from my primary research suggested the experience of being a cultural ‘Other’ is significant. It also suggested that religious identity in a migrant context may serve the dual purpose of both ‘spiritual guide’ and as a means of ‘self-recognition’. Finally, my research indicated that the Muslim migrant experience in Ireland is significantly shaped by the multi-ethnic nature of this community.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Research and Perspectives on Development Practice Series Paper No. 17
    Keywords: Muslims; Migrants; Migration; Culture; Cultural Identity; Interculturalism; Kimmage Development Studies Centre;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > International Development
    Item ID: 9942
    Depositing User: IR Editor
    Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2018 13:19
    Journal or Publication Title: Research and Perspectives on Development Practice
    Publisher: Kimmage Development Studies Centre
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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