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Christian Suhr

Brainwashed at School: Deprogramming the Secular among Young Neo-orthodox Muslims in Denmark

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This chapter describes the efforts of young neo-orthodox Muslims seeking to protect and purify themselves from the contaminating influence of the secular school system in Denmark. In this endeavor concepts such as brainwashing and deprogramming are turned upside down and reapplied as a critique of the attempts of the Danish welfare state of submitting Islamic practices to secular ideals. The chapter contributes to the current debate about religious self-cultivation and proposes that it is precisely due to ambiguous, multiple, and often contradictory demands of complicity and submission that young Muslims in Europe may seek refuge in strict Islamic discipline.

Published in "Making European Muslims: Religious Socialization Among Young Muslims in Scandinavia and Western Europe," Mark Sedgwick, ed. London: Routledge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMaking European Muslims: Religious Socialization Among Young Muslims in Scandinavia and Western Europe
EditorsMark Sedgwick
Number of pages20
PublisherRoutledge
Publication year30 Sep 2014
Pages249-268
Chapter13
ISBN (print)978-1-13-878950-0
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2014

Bibliographical note

Routledge studies in religion, 40.

    Research areas

  • brainwashing, extremism, religion, secularism, Islam

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