Title

Vernacularization of liberal civil society by transnational Islamist NGO networks.

SMC Author

Zeynep Atalay

SMC Affiliated Work

1

Author Role

Author

Status

Faculty

School

School of Liberal Arts

Department

Sociology

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-16-2017

Publication Title

Global Networks

Description/Abstract

Over the last two decades, informal Islamic networks have been re-establishing themselves as formal NGOs and building transnational coalitions. These newly formed faith-based NGOs retain their original agendas: promoting Islamic revival and global solidarity by supporting Muslim communities around the world. However, they now reposition themselves as 'civil society initiatives' and selectively appropriate the liberal civil society discourse. In this article, I analyse the discursive strategies that local actors undertake when they vernacularize external idea packages that challenge their cognitive preconceptions. The empirical findings of the article demonstrate that the ideological self-positioning of the local norm-taker is a key determinant of the vernacularization of micro processes. To reconcile the perceived normative conflict between political Islamist and liberal civil society frameworks, vernacularizers prune the civil society concept down to its associational and communitarian elements, discard its Western connotative associations, reconstruct the concept to match their institutional and cultural preconceptions, and claim its original ownership.

Keywords

CONSERVATIVE SOCIAL MOVEMENTS, ISLAMIC CHARITIES, NGO NETWORKS, NORM LOCALIZATION, TRANSNATIONAL VERNACULARIZATION

DOI

10.1111/glob.12122

Volume

16

Issue

3

First Page

391

Last Page

411

Disciplines

Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology

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