Experimenting with Alternative Futures in Cairo: Young Muslim Volunteers between God and the Nation

Sara Cathrine Lei Sparre

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This article investigates young, middle-class Egyptians’ engagement with the religious and national visions of Resala, Egypt’s largest Muslim youth NGO, and how they come to rethink themselves existentially and politically through this commitment and with the 2011 uprising and its aftermath. Focusing mainly on two young volunteers, I show how their Resala experiences within specific socio-political circumstances paved the way for personal hopes to develop into utopian aspirations. Demonstrating the dynamic relationship between the formation of political subjectivities and how utopias emerge, develop and are sometimes shattered, I argue that while utopic aspirations continue to characterise parts of Egypt’s 2011 youth generation, for others, such aspirations have to give away for other concerns. For youth in contexts like the Egyptian, activism and experiments with collective alternatives always compete with concerns that are more personal of moving past the category of youth and establishing a secure adult life.
TidsskriftIdentities - Global Studies in Culture and Power
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)158-175
StatusAccepteret/In press - 1 maj 2017
Udgivet eksterntJa

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