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Muslims, Youths and Citizens: An ethnographic study in the Autonomous Region of Madrid

April 04, 20197:00 p.m.
Casa Árabe Ambassadors’ Hall (at Calle Alcalá, 62, First Floor). 7:00 p.m. Free entry until the event’s capacity is reached.
In Spanish.

Casa Árabe and the CSIC have organized the presentation of this book, a work by Salvatore Madonia, in Madrid on Thursday, April 4.

Accompanying the author will be Francisco J. Moreno Fuentes, a scientific researcher for the CSIC and the director of the Politeya Collection, and Ana I. Planet Contreras, a professor with the Department of Arab and Islamic Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. Moderated by: Karim Hauser, Casa Árabe’s International Relations Coordinator

In Spain, a part of the public debate and most recent research seem to agree on the dangerous nature of Muslim youths as a group, pointing the finger at them as a problem which society will have to deal with in the near future. This work has arisen in critical opposition to these debates which, turning a sociocultural reality into some sort of example, reveal little or nothing about the problems or aspirations of the youths they study. Because of this, the author has chosen to create a participatory ethnography which makes it possible to learn more about these youths directly, by listening to them within their own contexts and their own everyday environments. It is thus an attempt to start out on the basis of their daily lives to observe the evolution of a common-day Islam, the product and outcome of a series of practices and ways of experiencing their own religiosity within context. The study shows us fully integrated young Muslims who form an active part of their society, in which, far from representing a new problem, are becoming sources of new and original contributions to solve problems already in existence.

Salvatore Madonia has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from the Università degli Studi in Padua and a PhD in Anthropology from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is currently collaborating as a social researcher at the International Mediterranean Studies Workshop (TEIM) at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He has authored many different scientific articles and book chapters about the reality of Islam in Europe and Spain, including “Experience and the Rearticulation of Identity Among Spanish Women Converted to Islam,” Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas (REIS), 140 (2012), pp. 49-68, and “Transnational Islam and New Spaces for Religious Freedom: Social networks in the construction of a Spanish-Muslim identity,” Revista de Estudios Internacionales Mediterráneos (REIM), 16 (2014), pp. 1-26.
Muslims, Youths and Citizens: An ethnographic study in the Autonomous Region of Madrid