Muslim Youth, Contemporary Challenges and Future Prospects

Sunday, 10 July 2016: 12:30-14:00
Location: Hörsaal 32 (Main Building)
RC34 Sociology of Youth (host committee)

Language: English

Muslim youth live in very diverse contexts from Muslim-majority societies of the Middle East like Iran and Egypt through religiously and ethnically divergent societies like Malaysia and India to Western societies like France and the UK. Constituting nearly one fourth of the world youth population, Muslim youth are experiencing a crucial era with multiple political, socio-cultural as well as economic challenges in contemporary world at all levels.
Muslim communities usually have a very high proportion of youth population and the phenomenon of youth bulge is of considerable implications. Young people are at the forefront of dramatic political developments such as the so-called Arab Spring while being the vanguard of cultural and social change in their respective societies. Muslim youth in Western societies have also come to the attention of politicians, policy makers and most notably the international media given the security threats that have occurred in the past decade.
Therefore, this session is aimed at addressing the main current challenges that are experienced by Muslim youth and future prospects for them and thus welcomes papers dealing inter alia with the following:

  • Diversity in everyday life challenges of Muslim youth
  • Culture and subcultures of Muslim youth and their identity
  • Muslim youth as actors of social and political change
  • Portray and representation of Muslim youth in Western media
  • Muslim youth and their integration/exclusion in non-Muslim societies
  • Youth policies in Muslim societies and policies affecting Muslim youth in other societies
Session Organizers:
Ali Akbar TAJMAZINANI, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Iran and Mohammad ZOKAEI, Allameh Tabataba'i University, Iran
Fracturing the Nation: Muslim Youth Accounts of Belonging in Nigeria, Pakistan, and Senegal
Mairead DUNNE, Centre for International Education, University of Sussex, United Kingdom; Barbara CROSSOUARD, Centre for International Education, University of Sussex, United Kingdom; Naureen DURRANI, Centre for International Education, United Kingdom
Religion, Identity, and Muslim Second Generation School Outcomes in Europe
Susan LEE, GK SOCLIFE, University of Cologne, Germany
"Sometimes I Feel Lost in Transition". Muslim Middle Class Youth in India
Stefanie STRULIK, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies Geneva, Switzerland
Gender and Youth Citizenship in Contexts of Postcoloniality: The Marginalisation of Muslim Youth in Ghana
Eric ANANGA, University of Winneba, Ghana; Vincent ADZAHLIE-MENSAH, University of Winneba, Ghana; Christine ADU-YEBOAH, University of Cape Coast, Ghana; Barbara CROSSOUARD, Centre for International Education, University of Sussex, United Kingdom; Mairead DUNNE, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
Creating New Modernities: A Study of Attitude of Pakistani Youth
Azeema VOGELER, COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan
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