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Religion in Diaspora

Cultures of Citizenship

  • Jane Garnett
  • Sondra L. Hausner

Part of the Migration, Diasporas and Citizenship book series (MDC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Introduction: Cultures of Citizenship

    1. Jane Garnett, Sondra L. Hausner
      Pages 1-14
  3. Memories and Legacies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Jonathan Boyarin
      Pages 17-35
    3. Nazneen Ahmed, Jane Garnett, Ben Gidley, Alana Harris, Michael Keith
      Pages 55-79
    4. Faiz Sheikh, Samantha May
      Pages 80-99
  4. Associations

  5. Symbols

  6. Afterword

    1. Jane Garnett, Sondra L. Hausner
      Pages 257-258
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 259-262

About this book


This edited collection addresses the relationship between diaspora, religion and the politics of identity in the modern world. It illuminates religious understandings of citizenship, association and civil society, and situates them historically within diverse cultures of memory and state traditions.


Religion diaspora citizenship state civil society migration theology association memory belonging

Editors and affiliations

  • Jane Garnett
    • 1
  • Sondra L. Hausner
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OxfordUK

About the editors

Nazneen Ahmed, University College London, UK Jonathan A. Boyarin, Cornell University, USA Katherine Pratt Ewing, Columbia University, USA Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, University College London, UK Jane Garnett, University of Oxford, UK Ben Gidley, University of Oxford, UK Florence Gurung, University of Oxford, UK Alana Harris, King's College London, UK Sondra L. Hausner, University of Oxford, UK Ousmane Oumar Kane, Harvard Divinity School, USA Michael Keith, University of Oxford, UK Tuomas Martikainen, University of Helsinki, Finland Samantha May, University of Aberdeen, UK Jill Middlemas, University of Zürich, Switzerland Ramon Sarró, University of Oxford, UK Faiz Sheikh, University of Exeter, UK Jasjit Singh, University of Leeds, UK Abraham Zablocki, Agnes Scott College, USA

Bibliographic information


"The need for boldly comparative and theoretically sophisticated work on diasporas has become increasingly obvious in recent years. This book responds to that need brilliantly as it crosses disciplinary boundaries in presenting case studies of interactions between religion, diaspora and citizenship from around the world. Taken together, the chapters present us with methodological as well as theoretical inspiration. They also encourage us to consider still wider questions, about the connections and disjunctions between forms of political, cultural and religious belonging, and the links between territory and association in human life, past and present." - Simon Coleman, University of Toronto, Canada

"Balancing rights and responsibilities, finding a meaningful place to dwell within the nation state, and contributing to its history, society and vision for the future without forsaking one's own memories and connections with other times and places is what active diasporic citizenship is all about. And it is not new. It is important social and cultural work to which migrants bring a strong sense of identity, moral boundaries and theological commitments. The authors writing in this timely volume take this work seriously, looking beneath current fears and assumptions about religion and the global order at how religious minorities in diaspora have sustained their communities and traditions whilst negotiating for recognition and participation as citizens." - Kim Knott, University of Lancaster, UK