Marianne Holm Pedersen
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The celebration of ‘Id al-fitr
Notions of relatedness among extended families
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This chapter analyses Iraqi women’s celebration of ‘Id al-fitr in order to explore the possibilities and difficulties of reconstructing religious ritual in a new social setting. For Iraqi families, ‘Id al-fitr comes to symbolize the ways in which they do not belong in Denmark, partly because the holiday is not officially recognised, and partly because they miss the extended family and neighbours with whom they used to celebrate in Iraq. Yet, despite the fact that the ritual cannot be ‘properly’ reproduced in Denmark, its continued performance implicitly entails that families over time gain a sense of attachment to Copenhagen. The chapter ultimately takes issue with the widespread notion that the performance of traditions and religious rituals among migrants should be interpreted as a site of resistance to incorporation in local society.

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Iraqi women in Denmark

Ritual performance and belonging in everyday life


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