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Muslim Political Participation in Europe$
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Jorgen S. Nielsen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748646944

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646944.001.0001

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Political Participation of European Muslims in France and the United Kingdom

Political Participation of European Muslims in France and the United Kingdom

(p.102) Chapter 6 Political Participation of European Muslims in France and the United Kingdom
Muslim Political Participation in Europe

Salima Bouyarden

Edinburgh University Press

The chapter explores how French and British Muslim communities are politically defining themselves by creating their own identity, and how they are building their sense of belonging through networking and laying claim to their rights. Through an analysis of British and French Muslims’ respective histories, the chapter discusses the extent to which Muslim political participation – voting patterns, political engagement and Muslim identity, as well as the relationship between these factors – has been influenced by the past. The chapter also focuses on the new patterns of present French and British Muslim political participation, and identifies the process of internalisation at work among these Muslim communities. The chapter then offers a typology of European Muslim women engaged in politics. The chapter concludes with some discussion on the existence of a ‘Muslim vote’, and finally sheds light on the birth of a European Muslim civic participation.

Keywords:   France, UK, Globalisation, Networks, Pluralism, Islam, Politics, Citizenship, Identity

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