The Performance of Multilingual and 'Ultralingual' Devotional Practices by Young British Muslims

Author: Andrey Rosowsky

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Multilingual Matters
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This book examines the wide range of multilingual devotional performances engaged in by young Muslims in the UK today. It evaluates the contemporary mosque school in the UK and contrasts this with practices from the past and with prevailing discourses (both political and other) which suggest that such institutions are problematic. It also challenges the highly-politicised and mediatised discourse which suggests that linguistic diversity presents a threat to the privileging of monolingualism in the UK. Finally, it argues for the usefulness of the term 'ultralingual' when analysing the multilingual devotional language performances of these young people.

Andrey Rosowsky is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield, UK. His publications include Aspects of Performance in Faith Settings: Heavenly Acts (ed., Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2019)  and Faith and Language Practices in Digital Spaces (Multilingual Matters, 2017).


Foreword. Bernard Spolsky

Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 2. Multilingual and Ultralingual Devotional Practices among British Muslim Youth

Chapter 3. The Research of Ultralingual Practice in the Community – A 'Gentle Ethnography'

Chapter 4. Ultralingual Language Practice in Devotional Settings

Chapter 5. Ultralingual Devotional Performance in 2000 and in 2019

Chapter 6. 'Al-Qur'an' - the Sacred Text and its Centrality (Mosque School A)

Chapter 7. Mosque Schools in Superdiverse Settings (Mosque School B)

Chapter 8. 'Naat and Nasheed' – the Performance of Devotional Songs and Poetry (Mosque School C)

Chapter 9. Leaving 'Mawlana and Child' Behind (Mosque School D)

Chapter 10. 'Binding and Shifting' – Language Continuity and Linguistic Change in Ultralingual Devotional Practices


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