The Bloomsbury Reader on Islam in the West

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Edward E. Curtis
Bloomsbury Publishing, Oct 22, 2015 - Religion - 304 pages
For more than a millennium, Islam has been a vital part of Western civilization. Today, however, it is sometimes assumed that Islam is a foreign element inside the West, and even that Islam and the West are doomed to be in perpetual conflict. The need for accurate, reliable scholarship on this topic has never been more urgent.

The Bloomsbury Reader on Islam in the West brings together some of the most important, up-to-date scholarly writings published on this subject. The Reader explores not only the presence of Muslim religious practitioners in Europe and the Americas but also the impact of Islamic ideas and Muslims on Western politics, societies, and cultures. It is ideal for use in the university classroom, with an extensive introduction by Edward E. Curtis IV and a timeline of key events in the history of Islam in the West. A brief introduction to the author and the topic is provided at the start of each excerpt.

Part 1, on the history of Islam in the West, probes the role of Muslims and the significance of Islam in medieval, early modern, and modern settings such as Islamic Spain, colonial-era Latin America, sixteenth-century France, nineteenth-century Crimea, interwar Albania, the post-World War II United States, and late twentieth-century Germany. Part 2 focuses on the contemporary West, examining debates over Muslim citizenship, the war on terrorism, anti-Muslim prejudice, and Islam and gender, while also providing readers with a concrete sense of how Muslims practise and live out Islamic ideals in their private and public lives.

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Introduction to the volume
Muslims in the making of the west
HispanoAmerica 2003
Muslims in the modern west
Muslims on All Sides
Stanley and Islam in Victorian Britain 2013
Julianne Hazen Conversion Narratives among the Alami and Rifai
Islam Muslim women and gender
What American Judges Really Do with Islamic Family
Religious Conviction
Three Women
Muslim citizenship belonging and dissent in the West
John R Bowen Does French Islam Have Borders? Dilemmas
On the Allegiance of the American

Nathalie Clayer Transnational Connections and the Building of
Western Muslims in the late twentieth century
Constitutional Protection
Kambiz GhaneaBassiri American Muslim Activism Following
Practicing Islamic religion in the West
Johan Fischer Halal Haram or What? Creating Muslim Space
Debating Ethnicity
How Germanys Foreigners
Mieke van Dijk and Edien Bartels European Islam in Practicein
Muslim music TV and comedy in the age of terror
Muslims on North American

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About the author (2015)

Edward E. Curtis IV is Millennium Chair of the Liberal Arts & Professor of Religious Studies at the Indiana University School of Liberal Arts in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He is the author or editor of several books about Islam, American religions, and Africana studies, including The Columbia Sourcebook of Muslims in the United States (2009) and Muslims in America: A Short History (2009). Curtis is the recipient of Carnegie, Fulbright, Mellon, and National Endowment for the Humanities fellowships.

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