Being Muslim is not all about Islam, but about making sense of the world and find meaningful ways to engage in it. This project aims at providing knowledge about how young second generation Muslims growing up in Norway make use of recourses and concepts available in the Islamic tradition when interpreting and making meaning of their lives. The methodological strategy of the study is to collect personal narratives and accounts related to the topic through in-depth interviews.
The study is a contribution to the field of research on changes in Muslim religiosity in the wake of globalization and migration, and engages in a discussion on whether and how interpretation and beliefs are changing among Muslims in the West. Inspired by the concept of everyday lived religion, developed primarily by Nancy Ammerman and Meredith McGuire, the study focuses on religion where it is often overlooked: outside of religious institutionalized settings. By highlighting more invisible forms of Muslim religiosity, the project seek to broaden the perspective on what it means to be a Muslim.
While some scholars have pointed to the fact that there are minimal signs of theological innovation among Muslims growing up in the West, a presumption in this project is that creative negotiation and redefinitions of central Islamic concepts do take place in the lives and meaning making of non-organized second generation Muslims in Norway.
Master in Religion, Society and Global Issues, Det teologiske menighetsfakultet