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Religious Practices Among Islamic Immigrants: Moroccan and Turkish Men in Belgium

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This study examines the religious participation of Islamic immigrants in Belgium using data from the Migration History and Social Mobility Survey collected in 1994–1996 from 2,200 men who had immigrated from Turkey and Morocco. Religious participation is measured as mosque attendance, fasting during Ramadan, and sacrificing a sheep at the Festival of Sacrifice. Results show that the religious participation of Islamic immigrants depends on both premigration and postmigration characteristics. Religious participation is higher among immigrants who: (1) attended a Koranic school in their country of origin, (2) were socialized in a religious region of their home country, (3) received little schooling, (4) currently live in an area of Belgium with a greater number of mosques, and (5) associate with a high number of co-ethnics. These results suggest that the religious participation of Islamic immigrants in Belgium is an outcome of characteristics unique to immigrants as well as processes common among the general population.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5906.2010.01507.x

Affiliations: 1: Department of SociologyRadboud University Nijmegen 2: Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement NSCR 3: Department of SociologyUtrecht University

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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