Halal dating: Changing relationship attitudes and experiences among young British Muslims

Ali, Nafhesa, Phillips, Richard, Chambers, Claire, Narkowicz, Kasia, Hopkins, Peter and Pande, Raksha (2020) Halal dating: Changing relationship attitudes and experiences among young British Muslims. Sexualities, 23 (5-6). pp. 775-792. ISSN 1363-4607

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oung Muslims in the UK are making space to gain greater control over their personal lives through the diction of ‘halal’ and ‘haram’ when reflecting on and negotiating personal relationships. This article explores the significance of ‘halal dating’ within the lived experiences and sexual relationships of young British Muslims. It draws upon 56 in-depth interviews conducted with young (16–30 years) British Muslims of Pakistani heritage. This research shows that, contrary to popular stereotype and widespread expectations, many young British Muslims do date, or have dated. By entertaining the idea that certain forms of dating may be halal, these young Muslims are finding and claiming agency to make relationship choices of their own.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Funding information: The authors wish to thank the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for their generous funding for the Storying Sexual Relationships: The Stories and Practices of Young British Pakistani Muslims project (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/storyingrelationships)
Uncontrolled Keywords: sexuality, relationships, Muslim, halal, Dating
Subjects: L300 Sociology
L700 Human and Social Geography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Social Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Branson
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2022 08:14
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2022 08:15
URI: https://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/50253

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