Making European Muslims provides an in-depth examination of what it means to be a young Muslim in Europe today, where the assumptions, values and behavior of the family and those of the majority society do not always coincide. Focusing on the religious socialization of Muslim children at home, in semi-private Islamic spaces such as mosques and Quran schools, and in public schools, the original contributions to this volume focus largely on countries in northern Europe, with a special emphasis on the Nordic region, primarily Denmark. Case studies demonstrate the ways that family life, public education, and government policy intersect in the lives of young Muslims and inform their developing religious beliefs and practices. Mark Sedgwick’s introduction provides a framework for theorizing Muslimness in the European context, arguing that Muslim children must navigate different and sometimes contradictory expectations and demands on their way to negotiating a European Muslim identity.

chapter |17 pages


Families, Governments, Schools, Alternative Spaces and the Making of European Muslims

part |55 pages

Islamic Religious Socialization

chapter |18 pages

Islam in the Family

The Religious Socialization of Children in a Danish Provincial Town

chapter |17 pages

“Freedom Has Destroyed the Somali Family”

Somali Parents' Experiences of Epistemic Injustice and its Influence on their Raising of Swedish Muslims

part |88 pages

Government Policies

chapter |28 pages

Religion and Citizenship in France and Germany

Models of Integration and the Presence of Islam in Public Schools

chapter |18 pages

Negotiating Identity, Difference and Citizenship in Finnish Islamic Religious Education

Building a Foundation for the Emergence of “Finnish Islam”?

chapter |23 pages

Religious Diversity and Muslim Claims-Making

Conflicts over the Danish Folkeskole

chapter |17 pages

Islam in Christianity

Religious Education in the Danish Folkeskole

part |63 pages

Public Schools

chapter |22 pages

Being a Good, Relaxed or Exaggerated Muslim

Religiosity and Masculinity in the Social Worlds of Danish Schools

chapter |18 pages

Muslimness and Prayer

The Performance of Religiosity in Everyday Life in and outside School in Denmark

chapter |21 pages

Likable Children, Uneasy Children

Growing Up Muslim in Small-Town Danish Schools

part |42 pages

Alternative Spaces

chapter |20 pages

Islamic Private Schooling in Austria

A Case-Study of Muslim Parents' Expectations

chapter |20 pages

Brainwashed at School?

Deprogramming the Secular among Young Neo-Orthodox Muslims in Denmark