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Islam in Europe
Diversity, Identity and Influence

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  • Editors:
  • Aziz Al-Azmeh, Central European University, Budapest
  • Effie Fokas, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)
Effie Fokas, Tarek Mitri, Jorgen Nielsen, Jocelyne Cesari, Werner Schiffauer, Xavier Bougarel, Bérengère Massignon, Dia Anagnostou, Valérie Amiraux, Aziz al-Azmeh
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  • Date Published: January 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521677516

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  • Events over recent years have increased the global interest in Islam. This volume seeks to combat generalisations about the Muslim presence in Europe by illuminating its diversity across Europe and offering a more realistic, highly differentiated picture. It contends with the monist concept of identity that suggests Islam is the shared and main definition of Muslims living in Europe. The contributors also explore the influence of the European Union on the Muslim communities within its borders, and examine how the EU is in turn affected by the Muslim presence in Europe. This book comes at a critical moment in the evolution of the place of Islam within Europe and will appeal to scholars, students and practitioners in the fields of European studies, politics and policies of the European Union, sociology, sociology of religion, and international relations. It also addresses the wider framework of uncertainties and unease about religion in Europe.

    • Offers a complete picture of the Muslim experience in Europe, addressing a major gap in the scholarship on Islam in the European context and on politics and policies of the European Union
    • Incorporates an up-to-date introduction for the general reader as well as fresh empirical research for specialised audiences
    • Will appeal to scholars and students in the fields of European studies, politics and policies of the European Union, sociology and, specifically, the sociology of religion and international relations
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    "Perhaps no mistake is greater in discussion of the contemporary world than the belief that identity is one-dimensional, and fixed, and that, on its own, religion, as part of such identity, can explain social and political behavior. The essays in this volume challenge such simplistic ideas in general, and the particular variant that is applied to Muslims, in the Middle East and in Europe, and as much by Islamist fundamentalists as by western observers. In disaggregating ‘identity’ and in demonstrating the many varieties of ethnicity, context, religious practice, class belonging and political affiliation of the Muslims who live in Europe, Aziz Al-Azmeh and Effie Fokas have produced a book of great relevance to public debate and academic research alike." - Professor Fred Halliday, London School of Economics, author 100 Myths About the Middle East (2005)

    "Scholars of European politics, religion and politics, and the politics of Islam will certainly profit from a close reading of this volume. It deserves to influence serearch, teaching, and broader public discussion of the future of Europe and its increasingly heterogeneous societies." --Andrew C. Gould, University of Notre Dame: Comparative Politics Book Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: January 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521677516
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.386kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction Effie Fokas
    2. Christians and Muslims: memory, amity and enmities Tarek Mitri
    3. The question of Euro-Islam: restriction or opportunity? Jorgen Nielsen
    4. Muslim identities in Europe: the snare of exceptionalism Jocelyne Cesari
    5. From exile to diaspora: the development of transnational Islam in Europe Werner Schiffauer
    6. Bosnian Islam as European Islam: limits and shifts of a concept Xavier Bougarel
    7. The regulation of religious diversity by the institutions of the European Union: the case of Islam Bérengère Massignon
    8. Development, discrimination and reverse discrimination: effects of EU integration and regional change on the Muslims of Southeast Europe Dia Anagnostou
    9. Breaching the infernal cycle: Turkey and the European Union Valérie Amiraux
    10. Afterword Aziz al-Azmeh.

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  • Editors

    Aziz Al-Azmeh, Central European University, Budapest
    Aziz Al-Azmeh is Professor in the Department of Medieval Studies at the Central European University, Budapest.

    Effie Fokas, Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP)
    Effie Fokas is a Research Fellow at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) and teaches in the Government Department of the London School of Economics. She is also a Research Associate in the Faculty of Theology at the University of Uppsala where she manages an EU-funded project on welfare and religion.


    Effie Fokas, Tarek Mitri, Jorgen Nielsen, Jocelyne Cesari, Werner Schiffauer, Xavier Bougarel, Bérengère Massignon, Dia Anagnostou, Valérie Amiraux, Aziz al-Azmeh

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