Emil Holms Kanal 6, 2300 København S, 24
Fields of interest
- Culture and Identity
- Immigration and Acculturation
- Latin American Studies
- Spanish Language
Dissertation Topic: Acculturation Experience among Muslim Immigrants in Mexico.
Supervisor: Georg Walter Wink, PhD.
According to the ten-yearly census data produced by Mexico's National Geography Institute (INEGI) in 2010, there is a minimum of 3,760 Muslims reside in Mexico, where 1,178 of them live in Mexico City. The rapid inauguration of Islamic centres and mosques in Mexico exemplifies the accelerated growth of the Muslim community which has been present in the country for more than 500 years as a result of the Spanish conquest, slavery and migration. Most of the ‘new’ members of the Muslim immigrant population who have settled in the country during the past three or four decades have been far more racially and ethnically diverse than those who had been in Mexico for a longer period of time. However, we currently know little about those Muslim immigrants who reside in Mexico. This is mainly because no significant research exists that has utilized in-depth research into the presence of Muslim immigrants and how they might adapt to the Mexican lifestyle or their experiences of migration in general.
The primary purpose of this research is to examine the acculturation experiences of Muslim immigrants in Mexico according to the presence of the dimensions of religious maintenance as well as to the immigrants’ participation in the host society in personal and social life. Instead of presupposing their religious attributes to be continuously important, a better option is to consider the specific means by which these religious folks understand or demonstrate religious meaning and identity in daily interrelationships. Furthermore, since one factor which facilitates or restricts integration processes is the perception of host society towards Muslim immigrants or Muslims generally, this research seeks to understand public opinion in Mexican societies regarding the Muslims who live among them. A phenomenological approach will be employed in this research by means of qualitative methods which include extensive interviews, participant observation and text analysis.