Spain Unmoored: Migration, Conversion, And The Politics Of Islam

Paperback | March 15, 2017

byMikaela H. Rogozen-soltar

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Long viewed as Spain's "most Moorish city," Granada is now home to a growing Muslim population of Moroccan migrants and European converts to Islam. Mikaela Rogozen-Soltar examines how various residents of Granada mobilize historical narratives about the city's Muslim past in order to navigate tensions surrounding contemporary ethnic and religious pluralism. Focusing particular attention on the gendered, racial, and political dimensions of such unequal multiculturalism, Rogozen-Soltar explores how Muslim-themed tourism and Islamic cultural institutions coexist with anti-Muslim sentiments.

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Long viewed as Spain's "most Moorish city," Granada is now home to a growing Muslim population of Moroccan migrants and European converts to Islam. Mikaela Rogozen-Soltar examines how various residents of Granada mobilize historical narratives about the city's Muslim past in order to navigate tensions surrounding contemporary ethnic an...

Mikaela H. Rogozen-Soltar is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada Reno. Her research focuses on the intersections of religion, migration, historical memory, and gender in the Mediterranean.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:282 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:March 15, 2017Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253024897

ISBN - 13:9780253024893

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Table of Contents

Preface: Between Convivencia and Malafollá: Coexistence or Exclusion?
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Andalusian Encounters and the Politics of Islam
1. Historical Anxiety and Everyday Historiography
2. Paradoxes of Muslim Belonging and Difference
3. Muslim Disneyland and Moroccan Danger Zones: Islam, Race, and Space
4. A Reluctant Convivencia: Minority Representation and Unequal Multiculturalism
5. Embodied Encounters: Gender, Islam, and Public Space
Conclusion: Granada Moored and Unmoored
Bibliography
Index

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""An impressively accomplished ethnography of the ambivalent inclusion and exclusion of Islam and Muslims in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. Detailing a set of social encounters between migrant Muslims, Spanish Muslim converts, and non-Muslim Granadians, Rogozen-Soltar successfully charts the "unequal multiculturalism" resulting from the peripheral city's harnessing of a historical narrative of convivencia to its claims for a privileged position within Spanish and European cosmopolitan modernity." -Paul Silverstein, author of Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race, and Nation