Racialized Religion and Civic Engagement: Insights into Intra-Muslim Racial Diversity on University Campuses
Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review
Sociologists continue to debate the levels of civic participation of multiply marginalized groups. While scholarship traditionally portrayed marginalized groups as disengaged, others have theorized how group identity threat may incite higher engagement levels. Nevertheless, few examine the extent to which marginalized religious groups also have higher levels of civic engagement. This study contributes an empirical account of a racialized-religious community's civic participation compared to other religious and nonreligious groups while accounting for complex religion (i.e., how religion is embedded with inequality). Drawing on large-scale undergraduate survey data, this article suggests that Muslims' faith and collective racialized-religious identities enhance their civic participation compared to other religious groups. Findings extend group identity threat and complex religion theories to consider how a racialized-religious identity may produce different engagement patterns within and across religious communities.
civic engagement, complex religion, Muslims, race, racialized religion
Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
Saugher Nojan. "Racialized Religion and Civic Engagement: Insights into Intra-Muslim Racial Diversity on University Campuses" Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review (2022): 36-59. https://doi.org/10.1093/socrel/sraa043