To be Muslim and Swiss

Children of Muslim Immigrants from South East Europe and the Politics of Belonging
  • Brigit Allenbach
Part of the Wiener Beiträge zur Islamforschung book series (WSI)


Recently Annalisa Frisina has outlined two dominant frames (Goffman, 1974) concerning the role of Muslims in Europe’s multicultural states. On one hand, we have the security frame – Muslims are subject to broad suspicions of terrorism. On the other hand, there is the culturalist frame – Islam is portrayed as the religious and cultural opposite of the West, both are seen as uniform blocks existing outside of history (Frisina, 2010, 560). Talal Asad has emphasized this second frame by characterising Europe as a narrative that excludes Islam, with liberal and reactionary political voices largely coinciding in this regard (Asad, 2003, 164).


Young People Religious Affiliation Citizenship Education Religious Minority Ethnographic Fieldwork 
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  1. 1.Social AnthropologyUniversity of FribourgZürichSwitzerland

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