Islam and Secularity: The Future of Europe's Public Sphere

Islam and Secularity: The Future of Europe's Public Sphere

by Nilüfer Göle

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In Islam and Secularity Nilüfer Göle takes on two pressing issues: the transforming relationship between Islam and Western secular modernity and the impact of the Muslim presence in Europe. Göle shows how the visibility of Islamic practice in the European public sphere unsettles narratives of Western secularism. As mutually constitutive, Islam and secularism permeate each other, the effects of which play out in embodied and aesthetic practices and are accompanied by fear, anxiety, and violence. In this timely book, Göle illuminates the recent rethinking of secularism and religion, of modernity and resistance to it, of the public significance of sexuality, and of the shifting terrain of identity in contemporary Europe. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822375135
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publication date: 10/23/2015
Series: Public Planet Books
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
File size: 318 KB

About the Author

Nilüfer Göle is Professor of Sociology at the Centre d'Études Sociologiques et Politiques Raymond Aron and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris). She is the author of Islam in Europe: The Lure of Fundamentalism and the Allure of Cosmopolitanism and editor of Islam and Public Controversy in Europe

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  ix

1. Public Sphere beyond Religious-Secular Dichotomies  1

2. Secular Modernity in Question  31

3. Religious-Secular Frontiers: State, Public Sphere, and the Self  53

4. Web of Secular Power: Civilization, Space, and Sexuality  73

5. The Gendered Nature of the Public Sphere  103

6. Public Islam: New Visibilities and New Imaginaries  135

7. Public Culture, Art, and Islam: Turkish-Delight in Vienna  161

8. Europe's Trouble with Islam: What Future?  193

Notes  227

Bibliography  243

Index  257

What People are Saying About This

Craig Calhoun

"The secular is never neutral, but it has been deployed in particularly challenging ways in relation to Islam. Nilüfer Göle's discussion in Islam and Secularity takes up the shifting projects and stances that shape this relationship, especially in Turkey and France, but in ways that are of global significance."

Joan W. Scott

"Nilüfer Göle's insistence on the 'interpenetration' of Muslim and European experience is a major contribution, offering incisive theoretical formulations. In explicating the mutual interactions and transformations that arise from the conflicts and anxieties that accompany the proximity of Islam within Europe, she comments in new and insightful ways about Muslim/European relations. Göle is a major thinker who deserves more prominence."

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