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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 Politicized Minority

A Politicized Minority

The Qur’ân is our Constitution

(p.70) Chapter Three A Politicized Minority
The Emancipation of Europe's Muslims

Jonathan Laurence

Princeton University Press

This chapter addresses the growth of Political Islam and transnational religious NGOs in Western Europe. While the European receiving states were granting a de facto monopoly of religious representation to the diplomatic envoys of immigrants' sending states, competing networks of well-organized activists with a more conservative, politicized view of Islam also flourished on the margins of religious community life. Political-Islam federations also provided prayer spaces, imams, lecturers, and social activities and established what may best be described as an Islamist subculture. Although such organizations may represent a relatively small membership base in terms of the local Muslim population, they often control a sizable proportion of the registered Muslim religious associations and prayer spaces where mosque-going Muslims congregate to socialize and pray.

Keywords:   Political Islam, Political-Islam federations, transnational religious NGOs, religious representation, religious community life, Islamist subculture, Muslim religious associations

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