Muslims in Western Europe in the late twentieth century

Emergence and transformations in “Muslim” revindications and collective mobilization efforts

Authored by: Ghaliya Djelloul , Brigitte Maréchal

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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In the wake of the pioneering work of Felice Dassetto and Jorgen Nielsen published in the early 1980s, the number of research projects dealing with European Islam is ever on the increase. Although this subject has received little generally focused treatment, certain logics of action do emerge in the literature available, addressing the subject of the collective mobilization efforts of Muslims (whether they are religious or religiously inspired). Indeed, the dynamics of the implantation and consolidation of the presence of Muslims in Europe are primarily approached from three perspectives: either in terms of the specific features of the national context of each of the various European countries 1 or based on the activities of one or the other Islamic current – Sufi, missionary, political, etc. – among others transnational, testifying to ideological sensitivities and specific models of action, or based on mobilization efforts within a relatively well-defined sphere of activity, such as political representation, interreligious dialogue or halal business. 2

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