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

Paperback | July 1, 2002

EditorShireen T. HunterbyCharles Buchanan

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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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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 grad...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9.64 × 6.18 × 0.9 inPublished:July 1, 2002Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275976092

ISBN - 13:9780275976095

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?This is a timely study, extremely useful for understanding Islam in Europe and its role as the second largest religion, with nearly 15 million followers. bHighly Recommended. All levels and collections.??Choice