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ERIC Number: EJ800941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7732
Embodying the Faith: Religious Practice and the Making of a Muslim Moral Habitus
Winchester, Daniel
Social Forces, v86 n4 p1753-1780 Jun 2008
Despite a number of contemporary theoretical works in sociology and moral philosophy arguing that the project of modern selfhood is necessarily a deeply moral endeavor, there are few empirical studies examining the specific ways in which social actors construct moral selves and lives. Utilizing ethnographic fieldwork and in-depth interviews, this article examines how a group of adult Muslim converts in Missouri produced new moral selves in and through the use of embodied religious practices. Drawing on the theoretical insights of Bourdieu, I demonstrate how the embodied religious practices of ritual prayer, fasting and covering formed within converts the moral dispositions, or habitus, associated with becoming a "good Muslim." (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri