NYHAGEN, L., 2015. Conceptualizing lived religious citizenship: a case-study of Christian and Muslim women in Norway and the United Kingdom. Citizenship Studies, 19(6/7), pp.768-784.
The concept of ‘religious citizenship’ is increasingly being used by scholars, but there are few attempts at defining it. This article argues that rights-based definitions giving primacy to status and rights are too narrow, and that feminist approaches to citizenship foregrounding identity, belonging and participation, as well as an ethics of care, provide a more comprehensive understanding of how religious women understand and experience their own ‘religious citizenship’. Findings from interviews with Christian and Muslim women in Oslo and Leicester suggest a close relationship between religious women’s faith and practice (‘lived religion’) and their ‘lived citizenship’. However, gender inequalities and status differences between majority and minority religions produce challenges to rights-based approaches to religious citizenship.
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The research on which this manuscript is based, was funded by the European Union 6th Framework Programme (project number 028746).