Islam, Europe's Second Religion: The New Social, Cultural, and Political Landscape

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Greenwood Publishing Group, Jan 1, 2002 - Political Science - 294 pages
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Today there are at least 15 million people in Western Europe who adhere to the Muslim faith or have close cultural or other affiliations with the Islamic world. Indeed, in the course of a few decades, Islam has emerged as Europe's second religion, after Christianity. What is remarkable about this phenomenon is that it has occurred gradually, generally peacefully, and, in some measure, as a consequence of the economic needs of European countries.

Despite some difficulties, Islam is slowly but inexorably becoming part of Europe's social, cultural, and, to some degree, political landscape. The question today is not can Islam be uprooted and expelled from European soil, as was done six centuries ago during the period of Reconquista in Spain, but rather what is the best way of accommodating Islam in Europe and establishing cooperative relations between Muslims and the followers of other religious and/or secular value systems. This volume examines the situation and attempts to provide answers to these questions through a country-by-country analysis by recognized experts from each of the Western European nations examined. An invaluable resource and text for scholars, students, and other researchers involved with Islamic and European Studies.

 

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Contents

Islam in France
3
Islam in Germany
29
Islam in the United Kingdom
51
Islam in Italy
77
Islam in the Benelux Countries
97
Islam in Scandinavia
121
Islam in Austria
141
Islam in Spain
157
Europeanization of Islam or Islamization of Europe?
207
Muslim Youth in Europe
219
Islam the European Union and the Challenge of Multiculturalism
231
The Muslim Diaspora and the Islamic World
245
The Islamic Factor in the European Unions Foreign Policy
257
Conclusions and Outlook for European Islam
271
Afterword
277
Selected Bibliography
281

Islam in Greece
175
Islam in Portugal
191
CROSSNATIONAL ISSUES
205
Index
285
About the Editor and Contributors
293
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SHIREEN T. HUNTER is Director of the Islam Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Hunter is the author or editor of five previous books, including The Future of Islam and the West (Praeger/CSIS, 1998) and Central Asia Since Independence (Praeger/CSIS, 1996).

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