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Faithfully Urban: Pious Muslims in a German City

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Faithfully Urban

Pious Muslims in a German City

Petra Kuppinger

296 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78238-656-8 $130.00/£92.00 Hb Published (June 2015)

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“Through remarkably careful and rich ethnography, the author shows how Muslims are part and parcel of urban life in Stuttgart, and how they transform the city and are transformed by the urban life there.” · Esra Özyürek, London School of Economics

“The author successfully presents an approach that differs from most studies on Muslims in Germany or Western Europe and is certainly providing an important contribution to the study of Islam in Europe in general and to the urban Muslim presence in particular.” · Riem Spielhaus, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nuremberg


In the southern German city of Stuttgart lives a pious Muslim population that has merged with the local population to create a meaningful shared existence. In this ethnographic account, the author introduces and examines the lives of ordinary residents, neighborhoods, and mosque communities to analyze moments and spaces where Muslims and non-Muslims engage with each other and accommodate their respective needs. These accounts show that even in the face of resentment and discrimination, this pious population has indeed become an integral part of the urban community.

Petra Kuppinger is Professor of Anthropology at Monmouth College and President of the Society of Urban National and Transnational Anthropology (2014–16). Recent publications include “Flexible Topographies: Muslim Spaces in a German Cityscape,” Social and Cultural Geography (2014) and “Crushed? Cairo’s Garbage Collectors and Neoliberal Urban Politics,” Journal of Urban Affairs (2014).

Subject: Urban Studies Religion
Area: Germany



Chapter 1. Arrival
Chapter 2. Religiosities
Chapter 3. Public Lives
Chapter 4. Resentment
Chapter 5. Our Mosque
Chapter 6. In the Neighbourhood



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