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Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics : Muslims and the State in Britain, France, and Germany - Joel S. Fetzer

Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics

Muslims and the State in Britain, France, and Germany

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Published: 18th April 2005
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Over ten million Muslims live in Western Europe. Since the early 1990s, and especially after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, vexing policy questions have emerged about the religious rights of native-born and immigrant Muslims. Britain has struggled over whether to give state funding to private Islamic schools. France has been convulsed over Muslim teenagers wearing the hijab in public schools. Germany has debated whether to grant 'public-corporation' status to Muslims. And each state is searching for policies to ensure the successful incorporation of practicing Muslims into liberal democratic society. This book analyzes state accommodation of Muslims' religious practices in Britain, France, and Germany, first examining three major theories: resource mobilization, political-opportunity structure, and ideology. It then proposes an additional explanation, arguing that each nation's approach to Muslims follows from its historically based church-state institutions.

'... this new emphasis marks a novel and refreshing departure of enquiry. ... well-documented, focused and lucid ...'. The Muslim World Book Review 'There is ample space for exploration using the ideas bought together in this book.' Ethnic and Racial Studies

List of figures and tables
Preface
Explaining the accommodation of Muslim religious practices in Western Europe
Britain: establishment religion and Islamic schools
France: Laicite and the hijab
Germany: multiple establishment and public corporation status
Public attitudes toward state accommodation of Muslims' religious practices
Integration and Muslim practice
Appendix
Glossary
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521535397
ISBN-10: 0521535395
Series: Cambridge Studies in Social Theory, Religion and Politics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 226
Published: 18th April 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.3
Weight (kg): 0.34