Maruta Herding

Inventing the Muslim Cool

Islamic Youth Culture in Western Europe

In the current environment of a growing Muslim presence in Europe, young Muslims have started to develop a subculture of their own. The manifestations reach from religious rap and street wear with Islamic slogans to morally »impeccable« comedy. This form of religiously permissible fun and of youth-compatible worship is actively engaged in shaping the future of Islam in Europe and of Muslim/non-Muslims relations.
Based on a vast collection of youth cultural artefacts, participant observations and in-depth interviews in France, Britain and Germany, this book provides a vivid description of Islamic youth culture and explores the reasons why young people develop such a culture.


Maruta Herding (Dr.) is a sociologist at the German Youth Institute (Deutsches Jugendinstitut e.V.) in Halle, Germany. The book »Inventing the Muslim Cool« is the publication of her doctoral research, which she conducted at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests include the study of young people, subcultures and Muslims in Europe.

Maruta Herding:

Reviewed in:
Swiss Migration News, 3 (2014)
SRF, 07.04.2014, Christina Caprez
Kult_online, 39 (2014), Pinar Gümüs

Sociology, Anthropology, Ethnology, Islamic and Oriental Studies, Cultural Studies, Political Science

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11/2013, 242 Seiten, kart., zahlr. Abb.
ISBN 978-3-8376-2511-0

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Islamic Youth Culture in Western Europe


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