Amid mounting fears of violent Islamic extremism, many Europeans ask whether Muslim immigrants can integrate into historically Christian countries. In a groundbreaking ethnographic investigation of France's Muslim migrant population, Why Muslim Integration Fails in Christian-Heritage Societies explores this complex question. The authors conclude that both Muslim and non-Muslim French must share responsibility for the slow progress of Muslim integration.
"Using a variety of resources, research methods, and an innovative experimental design, the authors contend that while there is no doubt that prejudice and discrimination against Muslims exist, it is also true that some Muslim actions and cultural traits may, at times,
complicate their full integration into their chosen domiciles. This book is timely (more so in the context of the current Syrian refugee crisis), its insights keen and astute, the empirical evidence meticulous and persuasive, and the policy recommendations reasonable and relevant."
--A. Ahmad, Choice
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About the Author
Claire L. Adida is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of California, San Diego.
David D. Laitin is the James T. Watkins IV and Elise V. Watkins Professor of Political Science at Stanford University.
Marie-Anne Valfort is Associate Professor of Economics at the Paris School of Economics and Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Table of Contents
List of Figures and Tables ix
Part I Introduction 1
1 The Challenge of Muslim Migrants into Christian-Heritage Societies 3
2 Anti-Muslim Discrimination in the French Labor Market and Its Consequences 15
Part II Research Strategy 29
3 Solving the Problem of Causal Identification 31
4 Procuring a Sample 41
5 Research Protocols 54
Part III Why Is There Religious Discrimination in France? 77
6 Muslim Characteristics That Feed Rational Islamophobia 79
7 Evidence of Nonrational Islamophobia 93
8 A Discriminatory Equilibrium 108
Part IV Looking Beyond, Looking Ahead 125
9 Beyond France: Muslim Immigrants in Western Europe and in the United States 127
10 What Is to Be Done? 148