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The Muslim Question in Europe: Political Controversies and Public Philosophies

Peter O'Brien
Format
Book; Computer Resource; Online; EBook
Published
London : Knowledge Unlatched, c2016.
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, c2016.
Language
English
Variant Title
The Muslim Question in Europe, Political Controversies and Public Philosophies
ISBN
9781439912782 (e-ISBN), 9781439912775 (pbk-ISBN), 9781439912768 (print-ISBN)
Abstract
The book challenges the popular notion of a clash of cultures pitting Muslim and non-Muslim Europeans against one another. The study finds instead vehement conflict among three longstanding European public philosophies: liberalism, nationalism, and postmodernism. The consequential differences of outlook are demonstrated in four policy areas: 1) citizenship requirements, 2) the headscarf debate, 3) mosque-state relations and 4) counter-terrorism. The book reaches three important conclusions. First, Muslim Europeans do not represent a monolithic anti-Western bloc -- a Trojan Horse -- within Europe. They vehemently disagree among themselves but along the same basic liberal, nationalist, and postmodern contours as non-Muslim Europeans. Second, ideological discord significantly contributes to policy “messiness,” that is, to inconsistent, contradictory policies. Third, both the discord and the messiness are remarkably similar from one European country to the next, thereby casting doubt on the dominant theory in comparative migration studies that posits distinct national styles such as French republicanism, German ethno-nationalism and British multiculturalism.
In this book, the author argues that the vehement controversies surrounding European Muslims are better understood as persistent, unresolved intra-European political tensions rather than as a clash between “Islam and the West.” This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.
Description
1 online resource (298 pages) : illustrations, figures, tables.
Mode of access: Internet.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Other Forms
Also issued in print and PDF version.
Terms of Use
CC BY-NC-ND.
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