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The Not So Naked Public Square: Islam and the State in Western Europe
Orient (2010)
  • Joel Fetzer, Pepperdine University
  • J. Christopher Soper, Pepperdine University
Abstract

The migration and settlement of large numbers of Muslims in Western Europe in recent decades has posed a challenge to European secularism. As European Muslims began to turn to the state for public recognition of their religious rights, these residents exposed a conflict between Europe’s supposedly secular political culture and state policies that provided myriad benefits to religious groups. This article examines how Muslims highlighted tensions inherent in European church-state practices and explores how European states might best ensure the successful incorporation of Muslims into their respective societies.

Keywords
  • Europe,
  • Islam,
  • Muslims,
  • immigration,
  • European secularism,
  • church-state relations
Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Joel Fetzer and J. Christopher Soper. "The Not So Naked Public Square: Islam and the State in Western Europe" Orient Vol. 2010 Iss. 2 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/joel_fetzer/17/