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Muslim youth as global citizens? Reflections on contemporary policy agendas

Thursday 15 February 12:00 until 13:00
Essex House Seminar Room 18
Speaker: Barbara Crossouard, Reader in Education, University of Sussex
Part of the series: CIE Research Café

This event is hosted by the Centre for International Education (CIE).

While interest in youth’s active citizenship has been apparent for some time in international policy arenas, the focus on global citizenship within the Sustainable Development Goals has brought a new slant to this. The talk starts by critiquing dominant understandings of global or cosmopolitanism citizenship that align it with modern, ‘secular’ understandings of citizenship, within which religious belongings can be denigrated as irrational, or as pre-modern.  It then engages with research into Muslim youth identities with respect to nation, religion and gender in four nation-states of the Global South (Dunne et al, 2017). The presentation explores how Muslim youth’s strong affective commitments to the religious community of the ‘global Ummah’ can be understood as a distinctive form of global, cosmopolitan citizenship, in ways that are similar to, but also sharply differentiated from modern (secular) understandings of cosmopolitanism.



CIE Research Cafes take place every Thursday in term time in Essex House. Each Cafe is hosted by a guest speaker - from an affiliate organisation or from across the University. These events are open to all postgraduate taught and doctoral researchers across the University.


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Last updated: Thursday, 11 January 2018