versão impressa ISSN 0003-2573
MAPRIL, José. «Bangla masdjid»: Islão e bengalidade entre os bangladeshianos em Lisboa. Anál. Social [online]. 2005, n.173, pp. 851-873. ISSN 0003-2573.
In recent years research on Muslim peoples in the West has focused on the development of universalist and orthodox approaches to Islam which see it as an aggregating element regardless of the individual characteristics of its adherents. This article seeks to show that the experience of migration brings several different Muslim peoples into contact with each other, and that this fact encourages the emergence of universalist interpretations of Islam which prevail over other forms of belonging such as ethnicity. The precise aim of this article is to classify these approaches, given that there are cases where the boundaries between Islam and other forms of belonging are not so clearly marked. Basing himself on a current research project on Bangladeshi immigrants in Lisbon, the author argues that Muslim identity and Bengali identity are not mutually exclusive; on the contrary, they appear to be combined in the creation of a place of worship located in the area where these Bangladeshis live and work in Lisbon. Here the mosque is a place for mediation, where the universality of Islam and the particular nature of Bengali nationhood are made to come together