Europe’s identity crisis, Islam in Europe, and the crisis of European secularity

Authored by: Luca Mavelli

Routledge Handbook of Islam in the West

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415691321
eBook ISBN: 9781315794273
Adobe ISBN: 9781317744023


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On November 19, 2009 the European Parliament hosted a British Council-sponsored debate entitled “Europe and Islam: Whose Identity Crisis?” As the organizers of the event observed,

we are facing a growing mutual mistrust that leaves Europe on the verge of a dangerous rift. One of the major cultural challenges that we face today is whether we can overcome the fear that difference and diversity will weaken national and social cohesion and succeed in building a Europe that is enriched by its different cultural identities.

(British Council 2009)

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