Islam, Europe's Second Religion / Edition 1

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275976095
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

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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Table of Contents

Pt. I Country Surveys 1
1 Islam in France 3
2 Islam in Germany 29
3 Islam in the United Kingdom 51
4 Islam in Italy 77
5 Islam in the Benelux Countries 97
6 Islam in Scandinavia 121
7 Islam in Austria 141
8 Islam in Spain 157
9 Islam in Greece 175
10 Islam in Portugal 191
Pt. II Cross-National Issues 205
11 Europeanization of Islam or Islamization of Europe? 207
12 Muslim Youth in Europe 219
13 Islam, the European Union, and the Challenge of Multiculturalism 231
14 The Muslim Diaspora and the Islamic World 245
15 The Islamic Factor in the European Union's Foreign Policy 257
Conclusions and Outlook for European Islam 271
Afterword 277
Selected Bibliography 281
Index 285
About the Editor and Contributors 293
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