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      Understanding the Religiosity-Political Participation Linkage among Muslim Women: Culturalism or Social Capital?

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          Understanding the Religiosity-Political Participation Linkage among Muslim Women: Culturalism or Social Capital?

          In understanding Muslim women’s political participation across Western European countries, Islam and its supposed linkage to patriarchy have been problematised in culturalist arguments. Contrarily, political science and migration studies consider religiosity as social capital and, thus, a mobilising force. This tension may help explain why results on religiosity and political empowerment are mixed and help understand Muslim women’s political participation, giving the women at this intersection specific attention. Gender equality views, political interest, trust and collective action strategies are culturalist and social capital factors considered as linking different aspects of Islamic religiosity to institutional and non-institutional participation. We do so by taking a multi-study approach, analysing two different samples of Muslim women in the Netherlands. Results show that Islamic religiosity mostly fosters Muslim women’s political participation but that it also reduces non-institutional participation, whereby the results for trust, political interest and activity in civic organisations support the social capital explanation more than the culturalist one.

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                Role: Niels Spierings, Professor in Sociology, Radboud Social Cultural Research, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
                Role: Nella Geurts, Assistant Professor, Radboud Social Cultural Research, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
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                PLC
                Politics of the Low Countries
                Eleven International Publishing (The Hague )
                2589-9929
                December 2023
                : 5
                : 3
                : 249-280 (pp. 249-280)
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                This study was part of a research project funded by NWO (grant number: VI.Vidi.191.023).

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                PLC-D-23-00006
                10.5553/PLC/.000063
                9eed6ad8-c9a9-4e2c-a3ef-ad65f8229e6c
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                Political science
                culturalism,social capital,Islamic religiosity,Muslim women,political participation

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