Why the West Fears Islam An Exploration of Muslims in Liberal Democracies

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-07-25
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This books seeks to bridge a gap in the existing literature that emphasizes Islamic fundamentalist movements but fails to capture a comprehensive view of all globalized forms of Islam. It will provide a typology and present little known manifestations of Islam, including Sufi orders, sects, and proselytizing movements. Cesari identifies two opposing strands of Islam, one defensive and conservative, the other constructive and cosmopolitan, and investigates their emergence, development, and effect upon international relations.

Author Biography

Jocelyn Cesari is currently Research Associate at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies and Visiting Professor in the Anthropology Department and the Divinity School at Harvard University. She is author of Muslims in America and in Europe.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Shari'a, Burqa, and Minarets: What Is the Problem With Muslims in the West? An Exploration of Islam in Liberal 
1. Muslims As the Internal and External Enemy 
2. Islam: Between Personal and Social Identity Markers 
3. Multiple Communities of Allegiance: How Do Muslims Say 'We'?
4. Religiosity, Political Participation, and Civic Engagement 
5. Securitization of Islam in Europe: The Embodiment of Islam As an Exception 
6. How Islam Questions the Universalism of Western Secularism 
7. Salafization of Islamic Norms and Its Influence on the Externalization of Islam
Conclusion: Naked Public Spheres: Islam within Liberal and Secular Democracies

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