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"Arabic is the language of the Muslims-that's how it was supposed to be": Exploring language and religious identity through reflective accounts from young British-born South Asians

Jaspal, R and Coyle, A (2010) "Arabic is the language of the Muslims-that's how it was supposed to be": Exploring language and religious identity through reflective accounts from young British-born South Asians Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 13 (1). 17 - 36. ISSN 1469-9737

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Abstract

This study explores how a group of young British-born South Asians understood and defined their religious and linguistic identities, focusing upon the role played by heritage languages and liturgical languages and by religious socialisation. Twelve British-born South Asians were interviewed using a semi-structured interview schedule. Interview transcripts were subjected to Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Four superordinate themes are reported. These addressed participants’ meaning-making regarding ‘the sanctification of language’ and the consequential suitability of ‘the liturgical language as a symbol of religious community’; the themes of ‘ethnic pride versus religious identity’ and ‘linguistic Otherness and religious alienation’ concerned potential ethno-linguistic barriers to a positive religious identity. Findings are interpreted in terms of concepts drawn from relevant identity theories and tentative recommendations are offered concerning the facilitation of positive religious and ethnic identities.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published as Jaspal R, Coyle A (2010). "Arabic is the language of the Muslims-that's how it was supposed to be": Exploring language and religious identity through reflective accounts from young British-born South Asians. Mental Health, Religion and Culture 13(1):17-36. Available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cmhr20/13/1
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2012 12:58
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:29
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/577001

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