The Religious Socialisation of Young Adult Muslims in Montreal (Quebec): From Learned to Reasoned Religion

  • Josiane LeGallEmail author
  • Daniela Moisa
Part of the Boundaries of Religious Freedom: Regulating Religion in Diverse Societies book series (BOREFRRERE)


This chapter examines the religious socialisation of young adult Muslims of Algerian, Moroccan, and Lebanese origins in Montreal, Quebec, by exploring the religious heritage that was transmitted to them and how it was received and interpreted by them. The chapter is based on ethnographic field research which explored the religious trajectories of young adult immigrant Muslims (aged 18–25 years) of different ethnic and national backgrounds. The findings demonstrate that family is often the first source of religious influence. At the same time, these young adults are active agents in the process of intergenerational transmission. To answer their questions on Islam, they rely on different sources of religious knowledge, predominantly found on the Internet, but also more traditional resources, such as the knowledge of religious leaders and members of their families.


Muslim youth Socialisation Quebec Religion Intergenerational transmission Immigrants 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversité de MontréalQCCanada
  2. 2.Department of Culture and CommunicationSudbury UniversityCanada

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