Halal Dating: Changing Relationship Attitudes and Experiences Among Young British Muslims

Nafhesa Ali, Richard Phillips, Claire Gail Chambers

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Young 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 paper 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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-32
Number of pages32
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 13 Apr 2019


  • Muslim
  • Dating
  • Halal
  • Relationships
  • Sexuality

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