The Islamic Challenge: Politics and Religion in Western Europe

Paperback | November 13, 2007

byJytte Klausen

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The voices in this book belong to parliamentarians, city councillors, doctors and engineers, a few professors, lawyers and social workers, owners of small businesses, translators, and community activists. They are also all Muslims, who have decided to become engaged in political and civicorganizations. And for that reason, they constantly have to explain themselves, mostly in order to say who they are not. They are not fundamentalists, not terrorists, and most do not support the introduction of Islamic religious law in Europe - especially not its application to Christians. This bookis about who these people are, and what they want. This book is based on three hundred interviews with European Muslim leaders from six European countries: Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Great Britain, France, and Germany. The question of Islam in Europe is not a matter of global war and peace but raises difficult questions about the positions ofChristianity and Islam in public life, and about European identities. Europe's Muslim political leaders are not aiming to overthrow liberal democracy and to replace secular law with Islamic religious law. Those are the positions of a minority. There is not one Muslim position on how Islam shoulddevelop in Europe but many views, and most Muslims are rather looking for ways to build institutions that will allow European Muslims to practice their religion in a way that is compatible with social integration.

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The voices in this book belong to parliamentarians, city councillors, doctors and engineers, a few professors, lawyers and social workers, owners of small businesses, translators, and community activists. They are also all Muslims, who have decided to become engaged in political and civicorganizations. And for that reason, they constan...

Jytte Klausen is Professor of Politics at Brandeis University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.54 inPublished:November 13, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199231982

ISBN - 13:9780199231980

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Islam in Europe1. Europe's New Muslim Political Elite2. How do Muslim Leaders see the Problems?3. Belief and Politics4. From Conflict to Culture War5. Christian and Muslim Europe6. Sexual Politics and MulticulturalismConclusion: Liberal Muslims and the Emergence of European IslamMethodological AppendixBibliography

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`'Klausen's survey presents a useful counterpoint to the now-hackneyed image of disaffected Muslim youth.''World Policy Journal