Interrogating islamic roads to conviviality

Start - End 
2022 - 2025 (ongoing)
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Department of Languages and Cultures
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Conviviality
Islamic ethics
Islam in Europe

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Abstract

This project examines conviviality as an everyday practice of bridging religious and cultural difference from the perspective of Muslim minorities in Belgium. It aims to reveal the modalities in which Islamic frames of reference and ethics are mobilized by individuals while striving for harmonious convivial living together across religious difference. The project investigates conviviality scholarship in relation to notions of tolerance in Islamic theological and philosophical writings bearing on Western urban contexts. Second, insights on the position of conviviality in the Islamic discursive tradition are complemented by in-depth anthropological fieldwork. This project will empirically investigate how Muslim women and men engage in everyday ethical thought and practice while seeking conviviality and negotiating identity. Analysis will identify obstacles and categories of experiences of success and failure while seeking convivial living. Doing so, this project offers solid and evidence-based research on highly neglected facets of Muslim life in Europe.

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