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The Meaning of Prayer for Young Muslim Immigrants in Quebec (Canada)

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This chapter examines different practices of prayer among young Muslims in Quebec as well as the importance and meaning of prayer in their lives. It is based on ethnographic field research that explores the religious practices and beliefs of 108 young immigrant Muslims of different ethnic and national backgrounds. The data for the chapter stem from semi-structured interviews with 108 young immigrants who identified themselves as Muslim, from different ethnic backgrounds and resided in Quebec for five years or more; 74 of the 108 participants were women and 34 were men. The majority insists on the necessity to return 'to the source' or 'on the right track' by accomplishing 'good actions', in conformity with their religion. For young Muslims immigrant in Quebec, this search for personal accomplishment relies on the values and norms of Islam, the religion transmitted by their parents.

Keywords: Islam; prayer; Quebec; religious practices; young immigrant Muslims



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