Pedagogies of piety: Comparing young observant Muslims and Christians in the Netherlands

D.T. Beekers

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In this article, I compare the active religious engagement found among many of today's young Dutch Muslims and Christians. I show that such comparison requires a move beyond the separate frameworks through which these groups are commonly perceived, found both in widely shared public discourses (allochthons versus autochthons) and in academic research (minority studies versus the sociology of religion). In their stead, this comparative analysis examines in what ways both groups give shape to observant religious practice in the shared context of contemporary Dutch society. Based on ethnographic fieldwork, I show that young Christians as well as Muslims participate in social settings of religious pedagogy, where they are encouraged to attain, sustain and improve personal piety in today's pluralist Dutch society. Such social participation does not preclude, but rather comes together with a strong emphasis on reflexivity and authenticity. © 2014 Taylor and Francis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-99
JournalCulture and Religion
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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