Vroomheid, seksualiteit en maatschappijkritiek

Geleefde waarden onder soennitische en gereformeerde jongvolwassenen in Nederland


  • Daan Beekers Universiteit Utrecht




This article is an ethnographic exploration of the ways in which young, strictly practicing Sunni Muslims and Protestant Christians in the Netherlands deal with issues of sexuality. It is often stated in public debates that the sexual values of Christians, and even more so those of Muslims, diverge from the progressive, secular sexual values that have increasingly come to be taken as the norm. Similar conclusions emerge from existing comparative studies, which are mainly based on quantitative research. However, such research, in which the opinions of religious people are ‘measured’, tells us little about the roles these values play in religious life. Based on my ethnographic research among Sunni and Protestant young adults, my focus in this article is on this lived dimension of values. Discussing the similarities and differences in dealing with issues of sexuality between these groups, I show that, more than my Muslim interlocutors, the young Christians with whom I worked strongly emphasized the theme of sexuality in their attempts at distinguishing themselves from the secular ‘mainstream’.

Biografie auteur

Daan Beekers, Universiteit Utrecht

Daan Beekers is antropoloog. Hij is in 2015 gepromoveerd aan de Vrije Universiteit te Amsterdam op een onderzoek naar geloofsbeleving onder jonge moslims en chris­tenen in Nederland. Thans is hij postdoctoraal onderzoeker binnen het onderzoeks­project ‘Religious Matters in an Entangled World: Things, Food, Bodies and Texts as Entry Points to the Material Study of Religion in Plural Settings’ aan het Departement Filosofie en Religiewetenschap van de Universiteit Utrecht.





Beekers, D. (2016). Vroomheid, seksualiteit en maatschappijkritiek: Geleefde waarden onder soennitische en gereformeerde jongvolwassenen in Nederland. Religie &Amp; Samenleving, 11(2), 187–205. https://doi.org/10.54195/RS.12212
Received 2022-06-06
Published 2016-09-01