Political Islam and Masculinity: A New Approach

  • Joshua M. Roose
Part of the New Directions in Islam book series (NDI)


In the 9/11 decade (2001–2011) and beyond, questions about Muslim identity have come to the fore of social-scientific research, particularly in Western multicultural contexts. Indeed, as British Sociologist Naser Meer claims, “the emergence of public Muslim identities” has become “one of the most pressing sociological and political concerns of the day.”1 In an era characterized by the “war on terror,” national government preoccupations with radicalization and “home-grown” terrorism and challenges to state policies of multiculturalism, a vast body of scholarly literature from a broad spectrum of disciplines has sought to increase understandings about how Western Muslims understand themselves and their place in the world. An increasing body of literature is examining young Muslims born and raised in Western contexts, their influences and how they choose to express themselves. Whilst these have made an important contribution to greater understanding, few studies delve into great depth, seeking to understand how these social influences interact and are internalized to influence political action. This chapter outlines the key approaches taken in contemporary literature and makes the case for a new approach, grounded in the theoretical paradigms developed by Pierre Bourdieu and Manuel Castells. This necessitates an innovative approach to the study of Muslim political action.


Political Action Cultural Capital Political Identity Hegemonic Masculinity Symbolic Capital 
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