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Muslim communities in Europe: reconstruction and transformation

Husain, Fatima and O'Brien, Margaret (2000) Muslim communities in Europe: reconstruction and transformation. Current Sociology, 48 (4). pp. 1-13. ISSN 0011-3921

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0011392100048004002

Abstract

This article introduces issues relevant to the presence of Muslims in Europe. While European nations are still in the process of acknowledging the diversity and rich cultural heritages of Muslim communities, Muslims are adjusting to living as minorities within a non-Muslim society. The predominant `us'/`other' dichotomy embedded in historical and political encounters has raised significant issues affecting mutual integration and acceptance. On the one hand, European essentializing of both their own and Muslim cultures has fixed the integration debate in static stereotypes. On the other hand, Muslims in search of social cohesion are increasingly attracted to the concept of a fixed, homogeneous supranational ummah. However, both majority and minority communities are undergoing transformation and restructuring that is centred around the negotiation of new composite identities, changing family patterns and relationships, political activism and the fight against social exclusion.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Husain and O'Brien also editors of Special Issue of Current Sociology 'Muslim families in Europe'.
Research Community:University of Westminster > Policy Studies Institute (PSI)
ID Code:9757
Deposited On:16 Sep 2011 16:01
Last Modified:16 Sep 2011 16:01

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