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  • 1.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Blurring boundaries: patterns of religiosity in contemporary Sweden2015Other (Other academic)
  • 2.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, Study of religions.
    Especially Loved by Allah: Muslim and LGBTQ in Istanbul2011In: Temenos, ISSN 0497-1817, E-ISSN 2342-7256, Vol. 47, no 1, p. 61-76Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The article builds on ethnographic fieldwork within the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer) milieu of Istanbul. It is based on material collected through participant observation and semi-structured interviews with people who at the same time self-identify as practicing Muslims and have romantic and sexual relations with people of their own sex. The protagonist of the article is a pious Muslim woman who can be placed in the category of LGBTQ Muslims who do not seek coherence and are not involved in a reinterpretation of their Islamic tradition. The article explores the complex ways in which this woman handles the potential conflicts between her sex life and her religious beliefs, and points specifically to the way she supports herself on the firm belief that Allah loves and protects her.

  • 3.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions. Göteborgs universitet.
    Living Simultaneity: On religion among semi-secular Swedes2015Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This thesis aims at contributing to a critical discussion on the supposedly far-reaching secularity of Sweden on the one hand, and on the incongruence and inconsistency of lived religion on the other. At the center are people referred to as semi-secular Swedes – a group that is often neglected in the study of religion. These people do not go to church or get involved in any other alternative organized spiritual activities, neither are they actively opposed to religion or entirely indifferent to it. Most of them describe the ways they are – or are not – religious as in line with the majority patterns in Swedish society.

    The study is qualitative in method and the material has been gathered through interviews and a questionnaire. It offers a close reading of 28 semi-secular Swedes’ ways of talking about and relating to religion, particularly in reference to their everyday lives and their own experiences, and it analyzes the material with a focus on incongruences.

    By exploring how the term religion is employed vernacularly by the respondents, the study pinpoints one particular feature in the material, namely simultaneity. The concept of simultaneity is descriptive and puts emphasis on a ‘both and’ approach in (1) the way the respondents ascribe meaning to the term religion, (2) how they talk about themselves in relation to different religious designations, and (3) how they interpret experiences that they single out as ‘out-of-the-ordinary’. These simultaneities are explained and theorized through analyses focusing on intersubjective and discursive processes.

    In relation to theorizing on religion and religious people this study offers empirical material that nuance a dichotomous understanding of ‘the religious’ and ‘the secular’. In relation to methodology it is argued that the salience of simultaneity in the material shows that when patterns of religiosity among semi-secular Swedes are studied there is a need to be attentive to expressions of complexity, contradiction and incongruity.

  • 4.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Multiplicity of religious self-descriptions among semi-secular Swedes2015In: Abstract Book: XXI Quinquennial World Congress of the Interna-tional Association for the History of Religions (IAHR), Erfurt, Germany, August 23-29, 2015, 2015, p. 280-Conference paper (Other academic)
  • 5.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    New Religiosity in Contemporary Sweden: The Dalarna Study in National and International Context2017In: Temenos, ISSN 0497-1817, E-ISSN 2342-7256, Vol. 53, no 1, p. 184-186Article, book review (Other academic)
  • 6.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, Study of religions.
    Queer jihad: HBT-muslimer i väst2008In: Svensk religionshistorisk årsskrift, ISSN 0283-0302, Vol. 15, no 2006-2007, p. 120-137Article in journal (Refereed)
  • 7.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Gender, Culture and History, Study of religions.
    Ramadan på ålderns höst2009In: Ramadan: en svensk tradition / [ed] Jenny Berglund & Simon Sorgenfrei, Lund: Arcus , 2009, p. 67-78Chapter in book (Other academic)
  • 8.
    af Burén, Ann
    Södertörn University, School of Historical and Contemporary Studies, Study of Religions.
    Sweden. Blurring boundaries: Patterns of contemporary religiosity2017In: Religion and Secularism in the European Union: State of Affairs and Current Debates / [ed] Jan Nelis; Caroline Sägesser; Jean-Philippe Schreiber, Bruxelles: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2017, p. 181-186Chapter in book (Other academic)
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