Muslim Minorities in the West

Visible and Invisible

Author: Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad,Jane I. Smith

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759102187

Category: Religion

Page: 306

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Although they are typically portrayed by the media as dangerous extremists in distant lands, Muslims in fact form a permanent, peaceful and growing population in nearly every Western country. While Westerners are now more commonly seeing mosques in their neighborhoods or scarved Muslim women in their streets, misperceptions and stereotypes remain. With expanding numbers and desires to protect their rights and identities, Muslims are coming into more and more into the public view. In Muslim Minorites in the West noted scholars Haddad and Smith bring together outstanding essays on the distinct experiences of minority Muslim communities from Detroit, Michigan to Perth, Australia and the wide range of issues facing them. Haddad and Smith in their introduction trace the broad contours of the Muslim experience in Europe, America and other areas of European settlement and shed light on the common questions minority Muslims face of assimilation, discrimination, evangelism, and politics. Muslim Minorities in the West provides a welcome introduction to these increasingly visible citizens of Western nations.

Radical Islam Rising

Muslim Extremism in the West

Author: Quintan Wiktorowicz

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742536418

Category: Religion

Page: 248

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This unique book represents one of the first systematic attempts to explain why thousands of Westerners heed international calls to 'jihad' and join radical Islamic groups. Drawing on his unprecedented access to a radical Islamic group, Quintan Wiktorowicz details the subtle process that can turn seemingly unreligious people into supporters of religious violence. The author's extraordinary fieldwork forms the basis of a detailed case study of al-Muhajiroun, a transnational movement based in London that supports Bin Laden and other Islamic terrorists. Through its rich empirical detail, the case study explains the larger question of why ordinary people join extremist movements.

Why the West Fears Islam

An Exploration of Muslims in Liberal Democracies

Author: J. Cesari

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137121203

Category: Social Science

Page: 381

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Jocelyne Cesari examines the idea that Islam might threaten the core values of the West through testimonies from Muslims in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the US. Her book is an unprecedented exploration of Muslim religious and political life based on several years of field work in Europe and in the United States.

Allah in the West

Islamic Movements in America and Europe

Author: Gilles Kepel

Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster

ISBN: 9780804727532

Category: Religion

Page: 273

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This book is a revealing account of the ways the Islamic tradition in recent years has asserted its identity in the United States, France, and Great Britain. The most prominent and controversial manifestations of this phenomenon were the pronouncement of Salman Rushdie's death sentence for writing The Satanic Verses, which led to mobs of Britain's working-class Pakistanis publicly burning copies of the book; the heated debates in France over "the veil incident," which surged around the question of whether three Muslim girls could wear an Islamic veil in a state school; and the "Islamization" of American black ghettos under the banner of the Black Muslims. This book, however, goes behind these headline events, arguing that new social, cultural, political, and religious "fault lines" have emerged, centered around a particular brand of Islamic activism which operates at the very heart of post-industrial society. It demonstrates that the Islamic movements in the United States and Europe are establishing themselves outside the areas where Islam has traditionally been present, using Western languages, having ready access to the broadcast media, and evolving into the avant-garde of the faith's expansion across the world. From the streets of Los Angeles to Britain's inner cities and France's rundown suburbs, the author describes the activities of Islamic activists who put forward an alternative lifestyle and system of beliefs to those of the largely uncomprehending West. He also examines the creation and development of Islamic communities that challenge Western society, which has been unable to provide solutions to the new problems posed by these groups who are demanding social and political recognition.

The Future of Islam and the West

Clash of Civilizations Or Peaceful Coexistence?

Author: Shireen Hunter,Shireen T. Hunter

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275962876

Category: Political Science

Page: 195

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Examines the relations between Islam and the West, paying particular attention to the various schools of Islamic political thought and the Islamic world view.

Western Muslims and the Future of Islam

Author: Tariq Ramadan

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 019517111X

Category: Religion

Page: 272

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Ramadan, named by Time magazine in 2000 as one of the 100 most important innovators of the coming century, takes stock of Islamic law and tradition to analyze whether Islam is in conflict with Western ideals; Ramadan is emphatic that there is no contradiction. He then spells out several key areas where Islam's universal principles can be "engaged" in the West, including education, interreligious dialogue, economic resistance and spirituality.

Women in Islam

The Western Experience

Author: Anne-Sofie Roald

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134535473

Category: Religion

Page: 360

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Women in Islam investigates the ongoing debate across the Muslim world and the West on the position of women in Islam. Anne-Sofie Roald focuses on how Islamic perceptions of women and gender change in Western Muslim communities. She shows how Islamic attitudes towards social concerns such as gender relations, female circumcision, and female dress emerge as responsive to culture and context, rather than rigid and inflexible.

Islam and the West

Author: Bernard Lewis

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 9780195090611

Category: Religion

Page: 217

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Essays discuss the interaction of Europe and its Islamic neighbors, the difficulties of translating classic Arabic, Arab fundamentalism, and life in the Islamic world today

Muslims in the West

From Sojourners to Citizens

Author: Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198033752

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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Today, Muslims are the second largest religious group in much of Europe and North America. The essays in this collection look both at the impact of the growing Muslim population on Western societies, and how Muslims are adapting to life in the West. Part I looks at the Muslim diaspora in Europe, comprising essays on Britain, France, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, and the Netherlands. Part II turns to the Western Hemisphere and Muslims in the U.S. , Canada, and Mexico. Throughout, the authors contend with such questions as: Can Muslims retain their faith and identity and at the same time accept and function within the secular and pluralistic traditions of Europe and America? What are the limits of Western pluralism? Will Muslims come to be fully accepted as fellow citizens with equal rights? An excellent guide to the changing landscape of Islam, this volume is an indispensable introduction to the experiences of Muslims in the West, and the diverse responses of their adopted countries.

Radical Islam in the West

Ideology and Challenge

Author: Brian R. Farmer

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786462108

Category: Religion

Page: 258

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This book explores the challenge posed by the immersion of 15 million Muslims in Western democracies and the few, but volatile, terrorists present within the larger body of believers. The fact that immersion in Western culture is insufficient to stem the tide of extremism is discussed, along with the factors that contribute to the growth of radical Islam, such as the presence of charismatic, authoritarian leadership, educational options that downplay critical thinking, and colonialism. Hope that radical Islam can be kept to a minimum in Western societies is provided by the Islamic concept of Ijtihad, through which Muslims reinterpret their own religion. Just as mainstream Mormons have dispensed with polygamy and Christians with witch-hunting, Muslims in Western societies have the potential to minimize the growth of radicalism. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.