Muslims in Western Politics

Muslims in Western Politics

by Abdulkader H. Sinno

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Overview

Looking closely at relations between Muslims and their host countries, Abdulkader H. Sinno and an international group of scholars examine questions of political representation, identity politics, civil liberties, immigration, and security issues. While many have problematized Muslims in the West, this volume takes a unique stance by viewing Muslims as a normative, and even positive, influence in Western politics. Squarely political and transatlantic in scope, the essays in this collected work focus on Islam and Muslim citizens in Europe and the Americas since 9/11, the European bombings, and the recent riots in France. Main topics include Muslim political participation and activism, perceptions about Islam and politics, Western attitudes about Muslim visibility in the political arena, radicalization of Muslims in an age of apparent shrinking of civil liberties, and personal security in politically uneasy times.

Editorial Reviews

MIDDLE EAST JOURNAL - Hobie Kropp

This study, a compilation of papers submitted to a September 2005 Indiana University conference, explores the political impact that the growing Muslim minorities in Western Europe and North America have on their host societies. In addition to editor Abdulkader Sinno's introduction and conclusion, the volume contains 12 chapters organized under four broad themes: background studies of different Western countries' Muslim minorities; their representation and integration in the hosts' political system; Western public opinion toward Muslim immigrants; and the post-9/11 era's implications for majority-minority relations. While Sinno cites the Canadian approach with approval, he portrays an often fraught relationship between Western states and their Muslim citizens, and offers a broad range of suggestions for both communities to move towards a genuinely tolerant and integrated society. (HK)

A. T. Kuru

The volume edited by Sinno (Indiana Univ., Bloomington) includes 14 chapters examining state policies toward Muslims, public perception of Muslims, and Muslim political participation in Western (mainly North American and west European) countries. The contributors employ the term 'Muslim' in broadest sense, from a religious affiliation to a cultural or ethnic identity. The book is a combination of social scientific analysis and policy recommendations. Several chapters are critical of Islamophobia and illiberal state policies toward Muslims, in addition to being critical of radical views among Muslims. Some chapters employ in-depth interviews while others use survey data, which leads to the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods. The book would be enriched if it included deeper textual analyses of major Islamic publications, political documents, and court decisions. Nielsen's chapter, which argues a similarity between French and British policies toward Muslims, neglects the 2004 law on the headscarf ban in France. Soper and Fetzer's and Sinno's chapters include significant comparative analysis, while those of Haddad and Ricks and of Cole are important to understand the US case. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. —Choice

From the Publisher

The volume edited by Sinno (Indiana Univ., Bloomington) includes 14 chapters examining state policies toward Muslims, public perception of Muslims, and Muslim political participation in Western (mainly North American and west European) countries. The contributors employ the term 'Muslim' in broadest sense, from a religious affiliation to a cultural or ethnic identity. The book is a combination of social scientific analysis and policy recommendations. Several chapters are critical of Islamophobia and illiberal state policies toward Muslims, in addition to being critical of radical views among Muslims. Some chapters employ in-depth interviews while others use survey data, which leads to the use of both qualitative and quantitative methods. The book would be enriched if it included deeper textual analyses of major Islamic publications, political documents, and court decisions. Nielsen's chapter, which argues a similarity between French and British policies toward Muslims, neglects the 2004 law on the headscarf ban in France. Soper and Fetzer's and Sinno's chapters include significant comparative analysis, while those of Haddad and Ricks and of Cole are important to understand the US case. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All readership levels. —ChoiceA. T. Kuru, Columbia University, August 2009

Caitlin Killian

"Provides a key comparison of the strategies implemented by various Western nations to deal with issues of cultural pluralism and the challenges of protecting their populations from terrorism." —Caitlin Killian, Drew University

Middle East Journal

This study, a compilation of papers submitted to a September 2005 Indiana University conference, explores the political impact that the growing Muslim minorities in Western Europe and North America have on their host societies. In addition to editor Abdulkader Sinno’s introduction and conclusion, the volume contains 12 chapters organized under four broad themes: background studies of different Western countries’ Muslim minorities;
their representation and integration in the hosts’ political system; Western public opinion toward Muslim immigrants; and the post-9/11 era’s implications for majority-minority relations. While Sinno cites the Canadian approach with approval, he portrays an often fraught relationship between Western states and their Muslim citizens, and offers a broad range of suggestions for both communities to move towards a genuinely tolerant and integrated society. (HK)Hobie Kropp, MIDDLE EAST JOURNAL, Vol. 63, No. 2, Spring 2009

— Hobie Kropp

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253002808
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 10/27/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 1 MB

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