Citizen Islam: The Future of Muslim Integration in the West

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A&C Black, Jul 21, 2011 - Political Science - 197 pages

Since September 11, Western governments have legitimized and empowered "nonviolent Islamists" as representatives of Islam for all Muslims in the West, an approach that has worried Muslim moderates. Citizen Islam addresses the implications of this approach.

The book opens with an overview of the theology and history of Islam, to show that violence and intolerance are not fundamental aspects of the religion. It then explains the growth of Islamism in Europe and in the United States before suggesting that both are finally beginning to recognize the threat posed by nonviolent Islamists. Lastly, it outlines steps that Western and Muslims leaders can take to strengthen moderate Islam and counter the threat of Islamism.

Written by Zeyno Baran, a Turkish-born Muslim, Citizen Islam sheds a sharp light on Muslim communities in the West. It concludes that there is much that Western governments can still do to reverse the spread of Islamism. But they must act quickly.


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Islam versus Islamism
The Rise of Islamism in Europe
The Rise of Islamism in the United States
September 11 Awakens the West But Islamists Advance
Conclusion and Policy Prescriptions

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Mónica Carretero is an award-winning author and an award-winning illustrator. Her work includes Candela: Misión Zeta, Cuerpo de nube, El gato con botas, Los latidos de Yago, the Artistas mini-animalistas series, the Cocorina series, and the Manuales series. Manual de piratas won Best Children's Picture Book–Spanish at the 2011 Latino Book Awards, and her watercolor Lady Pirate from the same book received a prize at the 2010 London Book Fair.

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