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Muslims and the State in Britain, France, and Germany

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics

  • Date Published: October 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521828307

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  • 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.

    • Considers complicated questions of policy towards Muslims in Europe after 9/11
    • Emphasis on specifically religious aspects of Muslim immigrants in Europe
    • Unique focus on church-state relations
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "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

    "These authors have provided a solid foundation for efforts to understand the minority/majority dynamics involved in large scale Muslim settlement in western European societies." Arab Studies Quarterly Pamela Irving Jackson, Rhode Island College

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2004
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521828307
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures and tables
    1. Explaining the accommodation of Muslim religious practices in Western Europe
    2. Britain: establishment religion and Islamic schools
    3. France: Laïcité and 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

  • Authors

    Joel S. Fetzer, Pepperdine University, Malibu
    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, Pepperdine University, Malibu
    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).

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