Friend or Foe? Contemporary Debates on Islam and Muslim Immigrants Among Swedish Identitarians

  • Niklas BernsandEmail author
Part of the Muslims in Global Societies Series book series (MGSS, volume 7)


The chapter focuses on debates on Islam and Muslim immigration on the Swedish identitarian blog portal – a part of the radical right blogosphere. Identitarians belong to an intellectual tradition inspired by traditionalist skepticism to the modern world, which in contemporary conditions often translates into a critique of what is perceived as a homogenising global capitalism recognising only material values and attacking native traditions under the banners of individual freedom, self-expression and consumption. While the politically most influential anti-immigrationist Swedish currents often portray Islam as a threat to society some identitarian srather see commonalities between ‘ethnically conscious’ Swedes and conservative Muslims in resisting a hedonist and consumerist late modern Swedish culture. How does the defence of specific traditions facing pressures from a late modern Swedish society that identitarians fundamentally detest affect these anti-immigrationists’ attitudes to the presence of large Muslim immigrant communities in Sweden? What is the stand of Swedish identitarians in relation to the expressed concern of some liberals and populist anti-immigrationists about the influence of conservative or ‘fundamentalist’ Islamic currents among Muslim immigrant groups?


Asylum Seeker Immigrant Community Mainstream Medium Swedish Society European People 
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The author would like to express his gratitude to the Centre for Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University that generously provided the funds for the presentation of his research findings at the WOCMES conference in Barcelona, 19–24 July 2010, as well as to the Centre for European Studies at Lund University that gave him the opportunity to present a previous version of this study at the conference ’Far Right Networks in Northern and Eastern Europe”, Uppsala University 24–25 March 2010.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for European Studies at Lund UniversityLundSweden

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