HAZARA DIASPORA RELIGIOUS DISAFFILIATION: AFGHANISTAN’S SHI'A WHO TURN AWAY FROM ISLAM
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The topic of irreligiosity and secularism among Muslim immigrants is an understudied subject. Academic studies of Muslim immigrants, in particular, tend to focus on religious beliefs at the expense of other issues. This is particularly evident in North American scholarship. This study attempts to address the lack of literature on the topic through ethnographic research among members of the Hazara community in the Washington D.C. metro area. Unlike the majority of Muslim immigrants who hold tight to their faith, some of Afghanistan’s Shiʿa immigrants who have recently arrived in the U.S. have chosen to break away from their religion, sometimes embracing atheism and in some cases exhibiting a preference for Christianity. Hazara immigrants in this population gave a variety of reasons for their religious disaffiliation, which throughout this paper is represented by the term "undoing Islam." Most of these individuals acknowledged their disagreement with the teachings and principles of Islam, while others mentioned terrorism and jihadism as reasons why they do not want to associate with the faith. This study aims to contribute to the existing literature on immigrants and secularism through an ethnographic analysis.
EthnologyArea studiesIslam--Study and teaching
Peterson, NicoleSherman, William
Thesis (M.A.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2020.
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