The Oxford Handbook of European Islam
Edited by Jocelyne Cesari, 896 pages | 246x171mm , 978-0-19-960797-6 | Hardback | 30 October 2014
- Presents a systematic and cross-national analysis of the multiple and changing ways Islam has been studied across European countries
- Discusses immigration, integration and social status; religion in the public space and education; international constraints; growing influence of Global Salafism
- Proposes a clearer identification and delimitation of what constitutes the category « Islam, » by analysing the definition of a Muslim and of what constitutes a Muslim community
- Provides a review of the contemporary literature on Islam and Muslims in the country, focusing on the most common topics across this literature, i.e. Immigration issues, socio-economic status, religion and secularism, political participation, and international constraints
For centuries, Muslim countries and Europe have engaged one another through theological dialogues, diplomatic missions, political rivalries, and power struggles. In the last thirty years, due in large part to globalization and migration from Islamic countries to the West, what was previously an engagement across national and cultural boundaries has increasingly become an internalized encounter within Europe itself. Questions of the Hijab in schools, freedom of expression in the wake of the Danish Cartoon crisis, and the role of Shari’a have come to the forefront of contemporary European discourse.
The Oxford Handbook of European Islam is the first collection to present a comprehensive approach to the multiple and changing ways Islam has been studied across European countries. Parts one to three address the state of knowledge of Islam and Muslims within a selection of European countries, while presenting a critical view of the most up-to-date data specific to each country. These chapters analyse the immigration cycles and policies related to the presence of Muslims, tackling issues such as discrimination, post-colonial identity, adaptation, and assimilation. The thematic chapters, in parts four and five, examine secularism, radicalization, Shari’a, Hijab, and Islamophobia with the goal of synthesizing different national discussion into a more comparative theoretical framework. The Handbook attempts to balance cutting edge assessment with the knowledge that the content itself will eventually be superseded by events. Featuring eighteen newly-commissioned essays by noted scholars in the field, this volume will provide an excellent resource for students and scholars interested in European Studies, immigration, Islamic studies, and the sociology of religion.
Readership: Students and scholars studing Islamic studies; of Qur’anic studies; of sociology of religion
Ahmet Alibašić Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Islamic Studies at the University of Sarajevo and director of the Center for Advanced Studies, Sarajevo.
Farid El Asri, Anthropologist (UCL), Assistant Professor, Sciences-Po Rabat, International University of Rabat & Researcher and coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Centre for the Study of Islam in the contemporary world (CISMOC), Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium.
Maurits S. Berger holds the chair of Islam in the contemporary West at the Center for Religious Studies at Leiden University, and is a senior research associate with the Clingendael Institute for International Relations in The Hague.
Isa Blumi, Associate Professor of Middle East and Global History, Georgia State University, and Visiting Professor of International History, Graduate Institute, Geneva.
Rossella Bottoni is a Researcher in History and Systems of Church-State Relations, Catholic University, Milan.
Stéphane A. Dudoignon is a senior research fellow at the National Centre for Scientific Research and a lecturer at the School of Advanced Studies in Social Sciences in Paris, France.
Venetia Evergeti is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Surrey, UK.
Nadia Fadil is Assistant Professor at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium.
Silvio Ferrari is a Professor of Canon Law at the University of Milan, Italy.
Sophie Gilliat-Ray is Professor in Religious and Theological Studies at Cardiff University and Director for the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK.
Panos Hatziprokopiou is now Assistant Professor at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Ana I. Planet Contreras is Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.
Ayhan Kaya is Professor of Politics, and Jean Monnet Chair of European Politics of Interculturalism, at the Department of International Relations, Istanbul Bilgi University, Turkey.
Gëzim Krasniqi is a PhD candidate and research assistant at the University of Edinburgh.
Jonas Otterbeck is an Associate Professor of Islamic Studies, Lund University, Sweden.
Daniela Pisoiu is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Peace Research and Security Policy at the University of Hamburg.
Nicolas Prevelakis is Assistant Director of Curricular Development at the Center for Hellenic Studies and Lecturer on Social Studies, Harvard University.
Mathias Rohe is Director of the Centre for Islam and Law in Europe at the University of Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany.
Chantal Saint-Blancat is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Padova, Italy.
Garbi Schmidt is a Professor of Intercultural Studies at University of Roskilde, Denmark.
Jennifer Selby is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.
Riem Spielhaus is a Researcher at the Erlangen Centre for Islam & Law in Europe, Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg.
Antonina Zhelyazkova is Chairperson of the Board of Directors at the International Centre for Minority Studies and Intercultural Relations, Sofia, Bulgaria.