CHHU Public Lecture, November 14th, Bishkek: Young Muslims Negotiating Muslim Identities In Scandinavia

Date: 14 November 2018
Other languages: Русский язык |
November 14th 2018, 3:00 pm
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
Professor Jonas Otterbeck
Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations
Aga Khan University (International) in the United Kingdom

This lecture addresses the experiences of Muslim young adults living in Scandinavia. It discusses how they understand and negotiate Islam in relation to their families, friends, and the majority society's expectations. Identifying or being identified as Muslims when being a minority in a secular welfare state, presents very particular challenges for the Muslim youth. Professor Jonas Otterbeck has researched the situation for Muslim youth since 1993 and will especially draw from his interview based research of young adults in Malmö (Sweden) and Copenhagen (Denmark). 

Jonas Otterbeck was trained in Islamic Studies at Lund University, Sweden, from where he has received a B.A. in Arabic, a Phil. Lic. and a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies. He was appointed associate professor in 2010 and professor in 2013. He has further worked at International Migration and Ethnical Relations at Malmö University, Sweden, and been visiting scholar in Oxford and Florence. At present, he is professor at Aga Khan University, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London.
His research has mainly dealt with Islam in Europe, particularly focusing on Muslim youth, Islamic discourse, Islamophobia and the relation between European states and Muslim organisations. The last decade, Otterbeck has increasingly engaged himself in popular culture studies focusing especially on Islamic pop music. In his research, Otterbeck relates especially to theories from sociology and anthropology and from different branches of religious studies. Otterbeck has a wide range of publications including (with J. Nielsen) Muslims in western Europe (2015), Researching Music Censorship (ed.) (2017), “Islam and Popular Music” in Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion and Popular Music (2017) .
University of Central Asia
138 Toktogul Street
2nd Floor Seminar Room
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

The presentation will be conducted in English.

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* Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees.
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