European Islam

Published: May 01, 2013

In its 16th monthly book, Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center’s European Islam tracks the interactions between Islam and the diaspora in Europe. Much of the Muslim immigrant community in Europe has been granted full citizenship rights, which means Muslims represent a considerable demographic in many countries; it also means that it is important to address the social, psychological, economic, and political challenges associated with any ethnic, religious, or cultural minority. Haythem Mann’a studies the increased interest in the Islamic phenomenon in Europe after the so-called “war on terrorism.” Starting from the early 1980s, Hussein Abdel-Qader surveys the European view toward Muslims—a view characterized by polarization and a tendency toward violence and extremism. Mohammed Al-Tibi tackles the problematic presence of Islam in Europe—with religion and values on one hand, and civil groups on the other. Montasser Hamada examines the doctrinal authority in light of new challenges and calamities in the diaspora. Abdul Qadir Bouarfa looks at the obstacles to dialogue and contiguity between Islam and the West. The monthly book, Suburbs of Islam by French researcher Gilles Kepel, is reviewed by Hadi Yahmad. The monthly study—”Islam/Europe: Overcoming Mutual Fear?”—is conducted by renowned thinker Hassan Hanafi and is included in the “Fundamentalist Mind” series.