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Morality at the Margins: Youth, Language, and Islam in Coastal Kenya

Sarah Hillewaert


This book considers the day-to-day lives of young Muslims on the island of Lamu (Kenya) who live simultaneously “on the edge and in the center”: they are situated at the edge of the (inter)national economy and at the margins of Western notions of modernity; yet they are concurrently the focus of (inter)national campaigns against Islamic radicalization and are at the heart of Western (touristic) imaginations of the untouched and secluded. What does it mean to be young, modern, and Muslim in this context? And how are these denominators differently imagined and enacted in daily encounters? Docume ... More

Keywords: East Africa, embodiment, everyday ethics, gender, ideology, Islam, language, modernity, Swahili, youth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780823286515
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823286515.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah Hillewaert, author
University of Toronto