Islam, Europe's second religion : the new social, cultural, and political landscape /

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Other Authors / Creators:Hunter, Shireen.
Format: Book
Imprint: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, in cooperation with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C., 2002.

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.

Physical Description:xvii, 294 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (pages 281-284) and index.
Author Notes:Stefano Allievi is a researcher at the University of Padua, Italy, where he also teaches sociology in the faculty of sciences of communication
Dimitris A. Antoniou is a researcher at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) in Athens, Greece
Fraser Cameron is a former academic and British diplomat and head of political and academic affairs at the European Commission Delegation in Washington, DC, USA
Ana I. Planet Contreras teaches Arabic and Islamic studies at the University of Alicante in Spain
Thanos P. Dokos is director of studies at the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) in Athens, Greece
John L. Esposito is a professor at Georgetown University and founding director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding in Washington, DC, USA
Bernabe Lopez Garcia is professor of history of the Middle East at the University Autonoma in Madrid, Spain
Andreas Goldberg is managing director and head of the migration department at the Centre for Studies on Turkey (CST) at the University of Essen in Germany
Shireen T. Hunter is director of the Islam Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, USA
Sabine Kroissenbrunner works at the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Nico Landman is assistant professor of Islamic history and culture at the Department of Oriental Studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands
Remy Leveau is professor of political science at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris (Institute of Political Studies of Paris) in France.
Fernando Soares Loja is an attorney-at-law in Lisbon, Portugal
Peter P. Mandaville is assistant professor of government and politics at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, USA
Christopher Parker is a research fellow and Ph.D. candidate at the Center for Third World Studies at Ghent University in Belgium
Tariq Ramadan is professor of philosophy at the College of Geneva and of Islamic studies at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland
John Rex is emeritus professor at the University of Warwick in England.
Simon Serfaty is director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC, and professor of US foreign policy at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Lief Stenberg is assistant professor at Lund University in Sweden
Sami Zemni is a Ph.D. candidate at Ghent University in Belgium