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Muslim Women in Interfaith Partnerships in Germany

Berlin Institute for Islamic Theology, Humboldt University of Berlin, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Academic Editor: Amina Jamal
Religions 2022, 13(3), 193; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13030193
Received: 31 December 2021 / Revised: 15 February 2022 / Accepted: 21 February 2022 / Published: 24 February 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Muslim Women and Gender at the Margins)
The number of Muslim-interfaith couples in European countries has become significant due to transnational migration and a growing number of Muslims living in Muslim Minority countries. While the challenges for partners in such unions are complex, this article focuses on the lived experiences of Muslim women in interfaith intimate relationships in Germa ny. Drawing on field interviews with women in mixed-faith relationships, the following questions are central: How do Muslim women conceptualize religious identity and practices? Do they face challenges from different groups (Muslim communities, their families, friends, etc.) and if so, how do these challenges manifest? If respondents create concepts of being Muslim for themselves, how do these evolve in their narratives? How do they question, adapt or discard theological and social demands? Preliminary results illustrate that some respondents would appreciate a Muslim community that accepts their positionality as intermarried Muslim women. Looking at the narration of religious practices and concepts of Muslimness in the interviews, it becomes clear that a classification as haram, or legally forbidden, puts a simple categorical bar in front of a socially and theologically complex context. The inquiry combines interview analysis with situational mapping and is informed by Grounded Theory methodology. View Full-Text
Keywords: women and gender; religious practices; religious heterogeneity; Muslim minorities; interfaith partnerships; Muslims in Germany women and gender; religious practices; religious heterogeneity; Muslim minorities; interfaith partnerships; Muslims in Germany
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Feise-Nasr, M. Muslim Women in Interfaith Partnerships in Germany. Religions 2022, 13, 193. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13030193

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