Introduction

Hackett, S and Malik, I (2018) 'Introduction.' In: Hackett, S and Malik, I, eds. Muslims and Western Europe in the modern era: contemporary debates in historical perspective. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781474291941 (Forthcoming)

Abstract

The introduction will map out the key scholarly works, contemporary debates and historical narratives regarding Muslims in Western Europe. It will also discuss the core issues addressed by scholars in a wide range of disciplines on the topic, and outline the chapters that follow. It will consider why the academic literature has been relatively shy of engaging with the topic in historical perspective in a comprehensive manner, and how and why Western Europe’s relationship with Muslims and Islam is distinctive. Hackett and Malik will set out a clear rationale for a historical approach and the choice of the fourteen case studies, which will act as the context for the chapters that follow. They will acknowledge both similarities and differences between countries, whilst demonstrating how a grasp of history can enhance our understanding of Islam and Muslim minorities in Western Europe today. They will introduce the collection’s framework, offering a response to the essential question of “Who is a Muslim?” as well as an overview of the relevant historical scholarship and themes. Overall, this introductory chapter will constitute a comprehensive introduction to both the volume and the topic more widely.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2018 14:48
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