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Challenges of belonging
in Iraqi women in Denmark
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This chapter introduces the reader to main problem of the book and the ethnographic, analytical and political contexts of the study. The author argues that overlapping trends in fields such as anthropology, sociology, and political science towards investigating topics such as diasporic identity, public and politicised religion, or the maintenance of transnational relations have created a lacuna where studies of migration tend to neglect local practices and social relations in migrants’ everyday lives. The chapter then provides an overview of Iraqi migration and it explains why the case of Iraqi refugees is particularly apt to study the issue of belonging. Finally, it introduces the reader to the political situation in Denmark where issues of immigration, integration and Islam are highly debated and subject to numerous tightened policies. Denmark thus provides a paradigmatic case of developments that are taking place across Europe.

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Iraqi women in Denmark

Ritual performance and belonging in everyday life


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