2. Religious Identity and Socio-Political Participation

Muslim Minorities in Western Europe

  1. Assaad E. Azzi Professor director2,
  2. Xenia Chryssochoou Associate Professor3,
  3. Bert Klandermans Professor4 and
  4. Bernd Simon Professor Directors5
  1. Maykel Verkuyten Professor

Published Online: 12 OCT 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444328158.ch2

Identity and Participation in Culturally Diverse Societies

Identity and Participation in Culturally Diverse Societies

How to Cite

Verkuyten, M. (2010) Religious Identity and Socio-Political Participation, in Identity and Participation in Culturally Diverse Societies (eds A. E. Azzi, X. Chryssochoou, B. Klandermans and B. Simon), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444328158.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels, Belgium

  2. 3

    Panteion University (Athens, Greece)

  3. 4

    Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  4. 5

    Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel, Germany

Author Information

  1. Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 OCT 2010
  2. Published Print: 8 OCT 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405199476

Online ISBN: 9781444328158



  • religious identity and socio-political participation - Muslim minorities in Western Europe;
  • public schools, symbolizing equality of all ethno-religious groups - propagating freedom of expression;
  • multiculturalism and group rights - subsuming question of religion under that of cultural diversity;
  • Muslim identity, in context of Western Europe and the Netherlands;
  • questions of multiculturalism and group rights - understanding of nature of religious identity;
  • United States, and research - individual differences in Muslim identity importance;
  • very strong Muslim identification of Sunnites - related to global and national developments;
  • the (quasi-) total religious group identification - related to nature of monotheistic religions in general, and Sunni Islam in particular;
  • collective identities, having to do with - people's sense of their group memberships;
  • group identification, basic social psychological process - underlying social movement support and mobilization for political action


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Religious Identity

  • Identity Performance

  • Identity Consolidation and Mobilization

  • Orthodoxy and Identity Consolidation and Mobilization

  • Orthodoxy and Political Tolerance

  • Commitment to the Host Society

  • Conclusions

  • References