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Europe's Angry Muslims: The Revolt of the Second Generation

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The London and Madrid bombings, the French riots, the uproar over the Danish Muhammad cartoons, foiled plots at Heathrow Airport, in Frankfurt Germany and Copenhagen--these events all underscore the volatile relationship between Muslims and their European hosts. Who are these angry Muslims? How did so many come to Europe? What does this mean for the United States?

Covering eight countries and thirty cities, but focusing primarily on Britain and France, Europe's Angry Muslims provides an authoritative and engaging account of how Islam came to 20th century Europe and altered the continent's cultural, political, and security landscape. This balanced book combines first hand reporting, based on interviews of former radicals, scrutiny of court records, and historical analysis to capture the complex phenomenon of European Islam. Leiken cites actual speeches and testimony from radical imams such as Abu Hamza, now under arrest. He also takes us to the streets of East London where veiled women shop in medieval market stalls, where arranged marriages are standard, and jihad videos are available under the counter. We visit the Paris housing projects after the French riots of autumn 2005, with a local hero, a sincere Muslim and ex-rapper, who admires America. Perhaps most important, the book describes how good intentions and bottom lines, cheap labor and cheap grace paved the road to terror and social dislocation. It unravels the connections, real and imagined, between immigration and terrorism. In charting the path of radical Islam into Europe, the book examines how home grown terrorists linked up with radical mentors, deepening and reconfiguring the "clash of civilizations" debate.

Europe's Angry Muslims is the first book to provide an in-depth look at the emerging Islamic threat in Europe in an objective and comprehensive way, combining sharp-eyed reportage with a provocative, engaging narrative.

Review:

"Leiken (Why Nicaragua Vanished), director of the Immigration and National Security Program at the Center for the National Interest, explores 'Muslim anger' in Britain, France, and Germany — the three European countries with the largest Muslim populations — in this extensively sourced and robustly argued treatise. Adopting a comparative approach, the author explores how rage has 'played itself out' differently in different countries: riots in France, bombings in Britain. Leiken notes that 'extremism in Europe is typically found not among migrants but among their children' and that radicalization has its roots most firmly in the 'downward mobility' of the second generation. Leiken wisely includes case studies of individual mujahideen in each country to balance his scholarly focus. While his analysis stops short of recommending specific policies regarding homegrown mujahideen, the author clearly hopes that his study encourages governments to embrace 'a theory of relativity in antiterrorism.' Timely and provocative, this is an important addition to the literature on Islamic terrorism." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Bombings in London, riots in Paris, terrorists in Germany, fury over mosques, veils and cartoons--such headlines underscore the tensions between Muslims and their European hosts. Did too much immigration, or too little integration, produce Muslim second-generation anger? Is that rage imported or spawned inside Europe itself? What do the conflicts between Muslims and their European hosts portend for an America encountering its own angry Muslims?

Europe's Angry Muslims traces the routes, expectations and destinies of immigrant parents and the plight of their children, transporting both the general reader and specialist from immigrants' ancestral villages to their strange new-fangled enclaves in Europe. It guides readers through Islamic nomenclature, chronicles the motive force of the Islamist narrative, offers them lively portraits of jihadists (a convict, a convert, and a community organizer) takes them inside radical mosques and into the minds of suicide bombers. The author interviews former radicals and security agents, examines court records and the sermons of radical imams and draws on a lifetime of personal experience with militant movements to present an account of the explosive fusion of Muslim immigration, Islamist grievance and second-generation alienation.

Robert Leiken shines an unsentimental and yet compassionate light on Islam's growing presence in the West, combining in-depth reporting with cutting-edge and far-ranging scholarship in an engaging narrative that is both moving and mordant. Leiken's nuanced and authoritative analysis--historical, sociological, theological and anthropological--warns that "conflating rioters and Islamists, folk and fundamentalist Muslims, pietists and jihadis, immigrants and their children is the method of strategic incoherence--'in the night all cats are black.'"

About the Author

Robert S. Leiken is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. His commentaries have appeared in the major American newspapers and his reports and essays in Foreign Affairs, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, Foreign Policy, The Times Literary Supplement, Commentary, Washington Post Outlook, The Los Angeles Sunday Times and The Political Science Quarterly.

Table of Contents

Prologue

IN FRANCE

I. Europe's First Angry Muslim

II. A French Intifada?

III. A French Revolt

GUIDES FOR THE PERPLEXED

IV. A User' Guide

V. The Outside

VI. The Unwanted

VII. Angles of Aggregation

IN BRITAIN

VIII. Ghost Towns

IX. Cousins

X. The Lords of Londonistan

XI. The Life and Loves of a Terrorist

IN GERMANY

XII. Germany's Hot Summer

XIII. Germany's Young Turks

FINALE

XIV. Figures in the Carpet

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195328974
Author:
Leiken, Robert
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
Leiken, Robert S.
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Intelligence
Subject:
Politics | International Studies | International Security & Strategic Studies
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Subject:
Islam -- History.
Copyright:
Series Volume:
The Revolt of The Se
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 b/w halftones
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
6.4 x 9.3 x 1.3 in 1.35 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Leiken (Why Nicaragua Vanished), director of the Immigration and National Security Program at the Center for the National Interest, explores 'Muslim anger' in Britain, France, and Germany — the three European countries with the largest Muslim populations — in this extensively sourced and robustly argued treatise. Adopting a comparative approach, the author explores how rage has 'played itself out' differently in different countries: riots in France, bombings in Britain. Leiken notes that 'extremism in Europe is typically found not among migrants but among their children' and that radicalization has its roots most firmly in the 'downward mobility' of the second generation. Leiken wisely includes case studies of individual mujahideen in each country to balance his scholarly focus. While his analysis stops short of recommending specific policies regarding homegrown mujahideen, the author clearly hopes that his study encourages governments to embrace 'a theory of relativity in antiterrorism.' Timely and provocative, this is an important addition to the literature on Islamic terrorism." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Bombings in London, riots in Paris, terrorists in Germany, fury over mosques, veils and cartoons--such headlines underscore the tensions between Muslims and their European hosts. Did too much immigration, or too little integration, produce Muslim second-generation anger? Is that rage imported or spawned inside Europe itself? What do the conflicts between Muslims and their European hosts portend for an America encountering its own angry Muslims?

Europe's Angry Muslims traces the routes, expectations and destinies of immigrant parents and the plight of their children, transporting both the general reader and specialist from immigrants' ancestral villages to their strange new-fangled enclaves in Europe. It guides readers through Islamic nomenclature, chronicles the motive force of the Islamist narrative, offers them lively portraits of jihadists (a convict, a convert, and a community organizer) takes them inside radical mosques and into the minds of suicide bombers. The author interviews former radicals and security agents, examines court records and the sermons of radical imams and draws on a lifetime of personal experience with militant movements to present an account of the explosive fusion of Muslim immigration, Islamist grievance and second-generation alienation.

Robert Leiken shines an unsentimental and yet compassionate light on Islam's growing presence in the West, combining in-depth reporting with cutting-edge and far-ranging scholarship in an engaging narrative that is both moving and mordant. Leiken's nuanced and authoritative analysis--historical, sociological, theological and anthropological--warns that "conflating rioters and Islamists, folk and fundamentalist Muslims, pietists and jihadis, immigrants and their children is the method of strategic incoherence--'in the night all cats are black.'"

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