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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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Muslim collective mobilisations in contemporary Europe: new issues and new types of involvement

Muslim collective mobilisations in contemporary Europe: new issues and new types of involvement

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(p.128) (p.129) Chapter 7 Muslim collective mobilisations in contemporary Europe: new issues and new types of involvement
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Muslim Political Participation in Europe
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Franck Frégosi

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646944.003.0007

The author reminds us of the truism that the Muslims of Europe have different visions of their religion, of what is Islam, sometimes they are almost opposed. Their attitudes range from the strictest forms of practice to a critical rejection. While some young Muslims are deeply religious, because they believe in being concerned citizens and are politically active, numerous others do not use their faith as the only prism through which they look at their everyday lives and are active within society. Being a Muslim does not necessarily mean having a life centred only on religion; therefore the Muslims do not only mobilise to achieve religious goals. The chapter compares these various forms of mobilisation in order to underline the main diverging and converging lines between them in terms of social involvement (conflicted or consensual mobilisation), related or not with claims of citizenship (minority or civic mobilisation), and political partnerships with others social and political forces. The author points also to those individuals of Muslim background who have become activists against Islam.

Keywords:   Political activism, Muslim mobilisation, Islam, Typologies, Muslim youth

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