The integration of Muslim into European societies is often seen as a major challenge that is yet to be confronted. This book, by contrast, starts from the observation that on legal, political and organizational levels integration has already taken place. Structured in two parts, it showcases the variety of theoretical approaches that scholars have developed to conceptualize Muslim life in Europe, and provides detailed empirical analysis of ten European countries. Demonstrating how Muslim life unfolds between conviviality and contentious politics, the contributors describe demographic developments, analyze legal controversies around Islamic headscarves, dietary prescriptions, slaughtering and circumcision, and explore the action of government and state, Muslim communities and other civil society actors. Factors for organizational change such as state-religion relationship, citizenship and colonial regimes, supra-national institutions and national legal systems, party politics, public debates, critical events and state concerns of control as well as Muslim mobilization are discussed in detail and compared across countries.
The book offers cutting-edge theoretical approaches and up-to-date insights into a wide range of issues that are extremely valuable for scholars in sociology, political science, anthropology, migration studies, religious studies and policy analysis.
About social existence of Islam in EuropeFocus on organizational forms, public recognition and religious lifeComparative analysis of twelve European countries