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Religion and Diasporic Dwelling: Algerian Muslim Women in Ireland

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Yafa Shanneik

Post-doctoral researcher, IRCHSS-Project ‘History of Islam in Ireland’ Study of Religions Department, College of Arts, UCC, Ireland, IE
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Post-doctoral researcher, IRCHSS-Project ‘History of Islam in Ireland’
Study of Religions Department, College of Arts, UCC, Ireland
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Abstract

This article will look at the different conceptions of ‘home’ as narrated by Algerian Muslim women living in Ireland. It explores the dynamic processes of their self-identification(s) and their different forms of (re)creation of diasporic home(s) influenced by their religious, cultural, social and economic environment. I will use Thomas A. Tweed’s notion of ‘crossing and dwelling’ to analyse these essentialized identity constructions that become manifest in Tweed’s four ‘chronotopes’: the gendered body, the domestic home, the imagined homeland and the transnational and global cosmos. The conscious or unconscious negotiations and implications for belonging to a specific identity or community that can be observed among Algerian women in Ireland will be examined, together with the different pre- and post-migratory social, political and religious factors that influence such negotiations. This ethnographic study is the first of its kind and fills a gap in the study of Muslim migrants in Europe.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/rg.30
How to Cite: Shanneik, Y., (2012). Religion and Diasporic Dwelling: Algerian Muslim Women in Ireland. Religion and Gender. 2(1), pp.80–100. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/rg.30
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Published on 14 Jan 2012.
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