Living Islam in Non-Muslim Spaces: How Religiosity of Muslim Immigrant Women Affect Their Cultural and Civic Integration in Western Host Societies (Working Paper #179)

Saba Senses Ozyurt, University of California, Irvine

Abstract: Research on Muslim immigrants in Europe show that they often remain separated andmarginalized within their respective societies. Empirical research further indicates that Muslim immigrant women in Europe perform more poorly than Muslim immigrant men and Christian immigrant women on key indicators of integration. In this paper I explore whether identifying as ‘Muslim’ and/or having strong religious beliefs and practices slows down the cultural and civic/political integration processes for Muslim immigrant women in the United States. The findings indicate that high levels of religiosity may indeed slow down the cultural integration of Muslim women in the U.S., however in terms of their political and civic integration, religiosity can be a facilitating factor.

Working Paper #179