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The New Muslim Elites in European Cities. Edition No. 1
VDM Publishing House, October 2010, Pages: 476
Islam in Western Europe ceases to be a religion of immigrants and is beginning to emerge as a religion of European born citizens. As a result of the acts of violence committed by Muslim believers on the continent and elsewhere there has been increased focus on Muslims in Europe, however, very little attention has been paid to the exploration of various dimensions of citizenship of young European Muslims. The book aims to fill this gap by uncovering what the emerging Muslim religious brokers or members of the new Muslim elites mean when they describe themselves as ‘Muslim citizens' and by exploring relations between Islam and citizenship in two urban/national settings: one in which Muslims are mostly perceived as individuals (Brussels/Belgium) and one in which they are usually viewed as members of religious, ethnic or other social groups (London/Britain). It argues that the shift in the mobilisation of Islam in Europe from a politics of Muslim identity to the politics of Muslim citizenship is closely linked with the development of a civic consciousness among certain segments of the Muslim populations. The book is a must read for all students of European societies and their ‘Islams'.
is an Assistant Professor at the Tischner European University, holding a PhD in Social Sciences from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), MA in European Studies from the University of Exeter (UK) and MA in Sociology from the Jagiellonian University (Poland). He has published widely on various dimensions of Muslim presence in Europe.