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The Emancipation of Europe's MuslimsThe State's Role in Minority Integration$
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Jonathan Laurence

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691144214

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691144214.001.0001

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A Leap in the Dark

A Leap in the Dark

Muslims and the State in Twenty-First-Century Europe

(p.1) Chapter One A Leap in the Dark
The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims

Jonathan Laurence

Princeton University Press

This chapter describes the state of the relationship between immigrant-origin Muslim minorities and their Western European host countries in the twenty-first century. Just over 1 percent of the world's 1.5 billion Muslims reside in Western Europe, yet this immigrant-origin minority has had a disproportionate impact on religion and politics in its new and former homelands. For host societies, Islam in Europe is no longer just a matter of ginger diplomacy with former colonies or current trading partners: the integration of Muslims has become a nation-building challenge of historical significance. Moreover, Muslims' long-term integration into European politics and society is a work in progress, as the chapter reveals the unintended consequences, the establishment of the Islam Councils, and other such complications arising from the host countries' engagement with their resident Muslim minorities.

Keywords:   Muslims, Islam, Islam Councils, Western Europe, Muslim immigrants, religion, politics, host countries, nation building, European politics

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