Empowering and Discouraging Factors

  • Mario Peucker
Part of the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series book series ( CAL)


Many interviewed Muslims mentioned a number of factors that have had an enabling or encouraging effect on their activism. These elaborations partially overlap with the previously analysed fundamental driving forces behind Muslim active citizenship. Many interview partners, for example, referred to their Islamic faith, their commitment to social justice or their general personality traits of resilience and altruism as empowering factors for their active citizenship. A closer examination of the interview data reveals additional insights into what encourages or enables Muslims to get involved in civic or political participation or intensify their engagement. Moreover, some interview partners also described circumstances or conditions that, in their views, discourage or hamper Muslims’ civic commitment, although these disempowering factors were usually mentioned as barriers experienced not by themselves but by other Muslims.


Political Participation Civic Engagement Muslim Community Active Citizenship Political Engagement 
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  • Mario Peucker
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  1. 1.Victoria UniversityCentre for Cultural Diversity and WellbeingMelbourneAustralia

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