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Muslims in IrelandPast and Present$
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Oliver Scharbrodt, Tuula Sakaranaho, Adil Hussain Khan, Yafa Shanneik, and Vivian Ibrahim

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748696888

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696888.001.0001

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Muslims in Ireland

Oliver Scharbrodt

Edinburgh University Press

The introduction provides an outline of the book, its scope, theoretical framework and methodological approaches. A review of the current state of research on Muslims in Ireland is provided and reasons for the dearth of scholarship on this Muslim presence explored. Central to the introduction is a discussion of methodological issues and challenges in researching Muslims in Europe. First, the introduction critically reflects on the problematic use of the label “Muslim” as a category to investigate a certain migrant population (given that in the Irish context, migrants constitute the vast majority of Muslims in Ireland with only a few hundred converts). Second, the advantages and limitations of investigating the Muslim presence in Europe in a particular national context are discussed. Finally, issues around the insider/outsider problem and around access to the communities under investigation are raised. By discussion potential resolutions to these problems, the introduction intends to make a more general contribution to methodological debates in the academic study of Muslims and Islam in Europe.

Keywords:   Ireland, Muslims, insider/outsider

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