Constructing Communities of Faith, Ethnicity and Culture

  • Ayhan KayaEmail author
Part of the Identities and Modernities in Europe book series (IME)


This chapter explores the constraints of the social ecosophy generated by Muslim-origin migrants and their descendants in their countries of settlement. In this sense, their social ecosophy will be analysed in relation to the tactics subjugated and excluded individuals of migrant background use to construct communities of faith, ethnicity and culture, which function as a protective shield against the detrimental effects of globalization. Revitalizing an ageless Arabic term introduced by Mohammad Ibn Khaldun (a fourteenth-century sociologist from North Africa), ‘asabiyya’ (social cohesion, group loyalty or solidarity) to explain the material reasons behind the reification of honour among the Muslim-origin societies, this Chapter claims that the attempts of many migrant-origin individuals to celebrate their ethno-cultural and religious identities partly derive from their feeling of insecurity and ambiguity aroused by structural constraints such as poverty, unemployment, uneducation and institutional racism.


Post-social state Community Prudentialism Honour Asabiyya Ghetto 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of International RelationsIstanbul Bilgi UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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