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Young IslamThe New Politics of Religion in Morocco and the Arab World$
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Avi Max Spiegel

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691159843

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691159843.001.0001

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Every Recruiter is a Reinterpreter

Every Recruiter is a Reinterpreter

(p.151) Chapter 7 Every Recruiter is a Reinterpreter
Young Islam

Avi Max Spiegel

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers how young Islamist activists construct religious authority. To engage these questions, the author asked and allowed activists to construct for themselves what authority meant to them, with some even drawing an evolving organizational chart of their movements. The author observed signs of ambiguity, multiplicity, and even inconsistency. Some activists sought to go out of their way to illustrate that they were not under the control of any kind of religious authority, even conceiving something called “religion” as very much distinct from their work. Others blurred these categories, preferring to place their activism under the domain of some kind of religious authority, both explaining and attempting to show how it is part and parcel of their everyday existence. Some failed to mention religion as important to their work at all. Others spoke solely of it.

Keywords:   Islamist movements, Morocco, religious authority, young men, activists, religion

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