Islam and Leisure

  • Kristin Walseth
  • Mahfoud Amara


This chapter explores the relationship between leisure and Islam, including the place of leisure within the Islamic tradition, religiosity among Muslims in Diaspora and on how religiosity influences Muslims participation in leisure activities. UK and Norway are selected as case studies to examine how policy makers and local authorities respond to/and accommodate the demand of Muslim communities to organize leisure activities and access to leisure facilities. The chapter ends by addressing the new development of “halal tourism” and “halal leisure”. It is argued that “halal leisure” can be seen as a sign of the development of new hybrid identities where Muslims seek to combine their religious identity with modern western leisure habits.


Islam Muslim communities Leisure Sport Tradition Youth Gender 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristin Walseth
    • 1
  • Mahfoud Amara
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Education and International StudiesOslo and Akershus University CollegeOsloNorway
  2. 2.Sport Sciences Department, College of Arts and SciencesQatar UniversityDohaQatar

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