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The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims: The State's Role in Minority Integration (Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics)

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"Jonathan Laurence has written a remarkably accurate and comprehensive study of European Islam that transcends clichés and polemics. He brilliantly elucidates the long-term trends that are transforming the children of migrants into European Muslims, acknowledging the tensions as well as the achievements of the process."--Olivier Roy, European University Institute, Florence

"Laurence's book is a splendid comparison of the management of religious--and especially Islamic--conflict in France, Italy, and Germany. Laurence arrays a range of convincing material to show that these countries followed similar pathways in managing their relations with Islam. The book holds out hope that Muslims may eventually be integrated within the political communities of these major European nations."--Sidney G. Tarrow, Cornell University

"Laurence has written a brilliantly mature book about a topic that frequently provokes sophomoric exaggeration. The book is remarkable for its practical acumen and comparative-historical depth. The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims is a unique accomplishment. It presents a strong alternative to current so-called common wisdom."--Jytte Klausen, author of The Cartoons That Shook the World

"The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims is an intelligent and thoughtful assessment of the changing relations of several European states to Islamic organizations and populations. Drawing on years of interviews with public Islamic leaders and state officials in a number of countries, this book will be a valuable guide at a broad level to the development of state-Islam relations in Western Europe."--John R. Bowen, author of Can Islam Be French?: Pluralism and Pragmatism in a Secularist State

Synopsis:

"Jonathan Laurence has written a remarkably accurate and comprehensive study of European Islam that transcends clichés and polemics. He brilliantly elucidates the long-term trends that are transforming the children of migrants into European Muslims, acknowledging the tensions as well as the achievements of the process."--Olivier Roy, European University Institute, Florence

"Laurence's book is a splendid comparison of the management of religious--and especially Islamic--conflict in France, Italy, and Germany. Laurence arrays a range of convincing material to show that these countries followed similar pathways in managing their relations with Islam. The book holds out hope that Muslims may eventually be integrated within the political communities of these major European nations."--Sidney G. Tarrow, Cornell University

"Laurence has written a brilliantly mature book about a topic that frequently provokes sophomoric exaggeration. The book is remarkable for its practical acumen and comparative-historical depth. The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims is a unique accomplishment. It presents a strong alternative to current so-called common wisdom."--Jytte Klausen, author of The Cartoons That Shook the World

"The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims is an intelligent and thoughtful assessment of the changing relations of several European states to Islamic organizations and populations. Drawing on years of interviews with public Islamic leaders and state officials in a number of countries, this book will be a valuable guide at a broad level to the development of state-Islam relations in Western Europe."--John R. Bowen, author of Can Islam Be French?: Pluralism and Pragmatism in a Secularist State

Synopsis:

The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims traces how governments across Western Europe have responded to the growing presence of Muslim immigrants in their countries over the past fifty years. Drawing on hundreds of in-depth interviews with government officials and religious leaders in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Morocco, and Turkey, Jonathan Laurence challenges the widespread notion that Europe's Muslim minorities represent a threat to liberal democracy. He documents how European governments in the 1970s and 1980s excluded Islam from domestic institutions, instead inviting foreign powers like Saudi Arabia, Algeria, and Turkey to oversee the practice of Islam among immigrants in European host societies. But since the 1990s, amid rising integration problems and fears about terrorism, governments have aggressively stepped up efforts to reach out to their Muslim communities and incorporate them into the institutional, political, and cultural fabrics of European democracy.

The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims places these efforts--particularly the government-led creation of Islamic councils--within a broader theoretical context and gleans insights from government interactions with groups such as trade unions and Jewish communities at previous critical junctures in European state-building. By examining how state-mosque relations in Europe are linked to the ongoing struggle for religious and political authority in the Muslim-majority world, Laurence sheds light on the geopolitical implications of a religious minority's transition from outsiders to citizens. This book offers a much-needed reassessment that foresees the continuing integration of Muslims into European civil society and politics in the coming decades..

About the Author

Jonathan Laurence is associate professor of political science at Boston College.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix
List of Tables xi
List of Abbreviations xiii
Preface xvii
Chapter One: A Leap in the Dark: Muslims and the State in Twenty-fi rst-Century Europe 1
Chapter Two: European Outsourcing and Embassy Islam: L’islam, c’est moi 30
Chapter Three: A Politicized Minority: The Qur’ân is our Constitution 70
Chapter Four: Citizens, Groups, and the State 105
Chapter Five: The Domestication of State-Mosque Relations 133
Chapter Six: Imperfect Institutionalization: Islam Councils in Europe 163
Chapter Seven: The Partial Emancipation: Muslim Responses to the State--Islam Consultations 198
Chapter Eight: Muslim Integration and European Islam in the Next Generation 245
Notes 273
Interviews 309
Bibliography 317
Index 355

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691144214
Author:
Laurence, Jonathan
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Subject:
European History
Subject:
Political Science and International Relations
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Middle Eastern Studies
Subject:
World History-European History General
Subject:
Pol
Subject:
itical Science and International Relations
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
41 halftones. 19 tables.
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , "Jonathan Laurence has written a remarkably accurate and comprehensive study of European Islam that transcends clichés and polemics. He brilliantly elucidates the long-term trends that are transforming the children of migrants into European Muslims, acknowledging the tensions as well as the achievements of the process."--Olivier Roy, European University Institute, Florence

"Laurence's book is a splendid comparison of the management of religious--and especially Islamic--conflict in France, Italy, and Germany. Laurence arrays a range of convincing material to show that these countries followed similar pathways in managing their relations with Islam. The book holds out hope that Muslims may eventually be integrated within the political communities of these major European nations."--Sidney G. Tarrow, Cornell University

"Laurence has written a brilliantly mature book about a topic that frequently provokes sophomoric exaggeration. The book is remarkable for its practical acumen and comparative-historical depth. The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims is a unique accomplishment. It presents a strong alternative to current so-called common wisdom."--Jytte Klausen, author of The Cartoons That Shook the World

"The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims is an intelligent and thoughtful assessment of the changing relations of several European states to Islamic organizations and populations. Drawing on years of interviews with public Islamic leaders and state officials in a number of countries, this book will be a valuable guide at a broad level to the development of state-Islam relations in Western Europe."--John R. Bowen, author of Can Islam Be French?: Pluralism and Pragmatism in a Secularist State

"Synopsis" by , The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims traces how governments across Western Europe have responded to the growing presence of Muslim immigrants in their countries over the past fifty years. Drawing on hundreds of in-depth interviews with government officials and religious leaders in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Morocco, and Turkey, Jonathan Laurence challenges the widespread notion that Europe's Muslim minorities represent a threat to liberal democracy. He documents how European governments in the 1970s and 1980s excluded Islam from domestic institutions, instead inviting foreign powers like Saudi Arabia, Algeria, and Turkey to oversee the practice of Islam among immigrants in European host societies. But since the 1990s, amid rising integration problems and fears about terrorism, governments have aggressively stepped up efforts to reach out to their Muslim communities and incorporate them into the institutional, political, and cultural fabrics of European democracy.

The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims places these efforts--particularly the government-led creation of Islamic councils--within a broader theoretical context and gleans insights from government interactions with groups such as trade unions and Jewish communities at previous critical junctures in European state-building. By examining how state-mosque relations in Europe are linked to the ongoing struggle for religious and political authority in the Muslim-majority world, Laurence sheds light on the geopolitical implications of a religious minority's transition from outsiders to citizens. This book offers a much-needed reassessment that foresees the continuing integration of Muslims into European civil society and politics in the coming decades..

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