Synopses & Reviews
European governments must struggle with assimilating Muslim newcomers into their countries, with so many more now living in Western Europe. Britain, France, and Germany have dealt with the related problems differently. This book explains why their policies differ and proposes ways of ensuring the successful incorporation of practicing Muslims into liberal democracies. Resolving their issues has become all the more urgent in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
"In a timely study, given the massive influx of Muslims into Britain, France, and Germany and its disorienting impact on societies traditionally dominated by Christian culture, Fetzer and Soper compare the position of Islam and Muslims. Highly recommended." CHOICE"...[a] valuable contribution."
Perspectives on Politics
This book analyzes state accommodation of Muslims??? religious practices in Britain, France, and Germany.
Joel S. Fetzer and J. Christopher Soper analyze state accommodation of Muslims' religious practices in Britain, France, and Germany, first examining three major theories: resource mobilization, political-opportunity structure, and ideology. They then propose an additional explanation, arguing that each nation's approach to Muslims follows from its historically based church-state institutions.
About the Author
Professor Joel S. Fetzer teaches European and immigration politics at Pepperdine University. His research has been funded by the German Marshall Foundation of the United States, the MacArthur Foundation, the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, and the Yale Center for International and Area Studies. He is the author of numerous articles and book chapters on comparative immigration politics and on religion and political behavior. His most recent book is Public Attitudes toward Immigration in the United States, France, and Germany (Cambridge 2000).J. Christopher Soper is an Endowed Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Social Science Division at Pepperdine University. A graduate of both Yale Divinity School and Yale's PhD program in political science, Professor Soper has written extensively on church-state relations and religion and politics in Europe and the United States. Recipient of grants from the American Political Science Association and Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, he is author of Evangelical Christianity in the United States and Great Britain (Macmillan 1994) and co-author of The Challenge of Pluralism: Church and State in Five Democracies (Rowman and Littlefield 1997).
Table of Contents
List of figures and tables; Preface; 1. Explaining the accommodation of Muslim religious practices in Western Europe; 2. Britain: establishment religion and Islamic schools; 3. France: Laïcitéand the hijab; 4. Germany: multiple establishment and public corporation status; 5. Public attitudes toward state accommodation of Muslims' religious practices; 6. Integration and Muslim practice; Appendix; Glossary; Bibliography; Index.