Eating Halal in Spain: Muslim Immigrant Identity and the Restaurant Space

By: Leela Riesz '16

Advising Faculty: Jeffrey Cole

This thesis illuminates how food is inextricably linked to identity in the migration context. It uses food and the restaurant space as a lens through which to trace the experiences of Muslim immigrants in Southern Spain, primarily restaurant owners and workers from Pakistan and Morocco. It investigates Muslim immigrants’ negotiation of their religious and cultural identity vis-à-vis their halal food practices. Spain offers a unique and intriguing case study because Muslims’ halal food practices conflict with Spain’s food culture, namely its reliance on pork.

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Related Fields: Anthropology