Islam in Europe: Diversity, Identity and Influence by Aziz Al-Azmeh, Eflie Fokas

By Aziz Al-Azmeh, Eflie Fokas

Occasions over contemporary years have elevated the worldwide curiosity in Islam. This 2007 quantity seeks to strive against generalisations concerning the Muslim presence in Europe via illuminating its range throughout Europe and providing a extra sensible, hugely differentiated photo. It contends with the monist suggestion of id that implies Islam is the shared and major definition of Muslims residing in Europe. The members additionally discover the impact of the eu Union at the Muslim groups inside its borders, and consider how the ecu is in flip tormented by the Muslim presence in Europe. This e-book comes at a severe second within the evolution of where of Islam inside of Europe and may entice students, scholars and practitioners within the fields of eu reports, politics and rules of the ecu Union, sociology, sociology of faith, and diplomacy. It additionally addresses the broader framework of uncertainties and unease approximately faith in Europe.

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A23. Madeley, J. and Z. , Church and state in contemporary Europe: the chimera of neutrality, London: Frank Cass, 2003. Martin, David, On secularization: towards a revised general theory, Aldershot: Ashgate, 2005. ), Religion in the new Europe, Budapest: Central European University, 2006, pp. 111–21. Reuter, Astrid, ‘Headscarf and crucifix: on the politics of interpreting religious symbols’, unpublished paper, presented at the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR) Conference in Zagreb, July 2005.

81. Christians and Muslims 17 History, as it is present in the public arena, is neither an ancestral memory nor a collective tradition. It is mediated by contemporary education and communication. Hatred is inculcated as much, or even more, by a modern discourse than by memory. It is often stirred up by radio broadcasts, articles in the press and television programmes, rather than inherited from parents. 2 In our religiously pluralist contexts, whether rooted in history or recent, a secularist option continues to be widespread.

11 Gradually, the question marks which had traditionally been placed against the Danishness of Catholics or Baptists were transferred to the newcomers. As elsewhere, different parts of Danish society responded in different ways and at different speeds. Within the limitations set by official structures and regulations, schools were surprisingly fast to adapt. This was aided by a traditional ease of access to public funding for parent-led ‘free schools’ instituted in the nineteenth century to cater for the various revival movements which were appearing within the Lutheran fold.

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