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Gary R. Bunt

Religious Authority between Generations

Economist, Young Muslims challenge the old guard at Britain’s mosques

"Many British Muslims are young. Their median age is 25, compared with 40 for all Britons. British-born Muslims do not see a trade-off between their nationality and their religion, says Shelina Janmohamed, vice-president of Ogilvy Noor, an advertising agency specialising in Muslim consumers, and author of “Generation M”, a study of young Muslims. Many are more pious than their elders. But they want a religious experience that reflects their daily lives, delivered in a language that they understand."

I wrote about this issue in my PhD, which I defended in 1996. It's a familiar theme, that comes around every generation. The element that is new relates to the integration of cyber Islamic environments into the conversations about religious authority

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