The three ‘i’s of workplace accommodation of Muslim religious practices: instrumental, internal and informal

Ilke Adam, Andrea Rea

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The accommodation of Muslim religious practices is an increasingly salient political issue across Western Europe. Hitherto, most research has focused on how states accommodate Muslim religious practices, and sociological scholarship on workplace accommodation is still extremely scarce. This article fills the gap in the extant literature by presenting a qualitative analysis of over 300 requests for religious accommodation in the workplace in Belgium. The authors contend that turning the spotlight from state to workplace accommodation of Muslim religious practices allows the discovery of different answers to the “hows” and the “whys” of minority religious accommodation. Different than state accommodation, workplace accommodation is characterized by three “i”s: it is granted or refused on the basis of instrumental argumentations; it is regulated informally and resolved internally. This article proposes an institutionalist framework adapted to the world of work to explain the specific features of workplace religious accommodation of Muslim religious practices.
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)2711-2730
Aantal pagina's20
TijdschriftEthnic and Racial Studies
Volume41
Nummer van het tijdschrift15
Vroegere onlinedatum15 dec 2017
DOI's
StatusPublished - 8 dec 2018

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