Morris, Carl (2016) ‘Look into the Book of Life’: Muslim musicians, Sufism, and postmodern spirituality in Britain. Social Compass, 63 (3). pp. 389-404. ISSN 0037-7686
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Spirituality has been theorised as a characteristic of late-modern society, a consequence of individualisation and of a relativized marketplace of religion. Drawing on findings from ethnographic fieldwork conducted with Muslim musicians in the UK, the author claims that spirituality can indeed be considered a postmodern discourse of belief – with trans-religious applicability – but that at the same time it can be articulated from within a clear understanding of group/religious membership. The concepts of ‘spiritual capital’ and ‘expressive communalism’ are used to explain the ways through which a postmodern discourse of spirituality is utilised by Muslim musicians from within contemporary networks of Sufism in the West. The author suggests that the cosmopolitan and inclusive nature of these types of Sufism in Britain – particularly amongst third and fourth generation Muslims – represents a frontier of religious change in the UK and a challenge to traditional forms of religious authority, discourse and membership.
|Subjects:||Historical & philosophical studies > Religious studies|
Social studies > Sociology
|Schools:||Faculty of Culture & the Creative Industries > School of Humanities and Social Sciences|
|Deposited By:||Carl Morris|
|Deposited On:||11 Jan 2016 13:13|
|Last Modified:||08 Mar 2017 08:11|
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