Review of Religious Research

, Volume 56, Issue 1, pp 87–106 | Cite as

Inheritance of Religiosity Among Muslim Immigrants in a Secular Society

  • Jasper van de PolEmail author
  • Frank van Tubergen
Original Paper


This study examined the intergenerational transmission of religiosity within Muslim immigrant families who live in the Netherlands, a rather secular society. We studied whether transmission of religiosity within immigrant families is influenced by warm family relations on the one hand, and integration into the host country on the other hand. Two analyses were carried out on a nationally representative sample of Turkish and Moroccan first- and second-generation immigrants aged 15–45, in the Netherlands. The findings support the hypotheses to some extent: warm family ties are found to facilitate religious transmission but transmission is stronger when parents have different national backgrounds. A stronger transmission is found within families that are stronger embedded in religious communities; however there are large differences between men and women. Our research shows that the influence of parental religiosity cannot be ignored in the study of immigrants’ religiosity.


Religious transmission Islam Integration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.ICSUtrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands

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