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Friend or Foe? Contemporary Debates on Islam and Muslim Immigrants Among Swedish Identitarians

Friend or Foe? Contemporary Debates on Islam and Muslim Immigrants Among Swedish Identitarians

The chapter focuses on debates on Islam and Muslim immigration on the Swedish identitarian blog portal motpol.nu – a part of the radical right blogosphere. Identitarians belong to an intellectual tradition inspired by traditionalist skepticism to the modern world, which in contemporary conditions often translates into a critique of what is perceived as a homogenising global capitalism recognising only material values and attacking native traditions under the banners of individual freedom, self-expression and consumption. While the politically most influential anti-immigrationist Swedish currents often portray Islam as a threat to society some identitarian srather see commonalities between ‘ethnically conscious’ Swedes and conservative Muslims in resisting a hedonist and consumerist late modern Swedish culture. How does the defence of specific traditions facing pressures from a late modern Swedish society that identitarians fundamentally detest affect these anti-immigrationists’ attitudes to the presence of large Muslim immigrant communities in Sweden? What is the stand of Swedish identitarians in relation to the expressed concern of some liberals and populist anti-immigrationists about the influence of conservative or ‘fundamentalist’ Islamic currents among Muslim immigrant groups?

anthology
163-189
ISBN 978-94-007-7247-2
eng