Book Islam in "liberal" Europe : freedom, equality, and intolerance / Kai Hafez ; translated by Alex Skinner.
Associated Name: Skinner, Alex, translator.
Publication year: 
Call Number D1056.2.M87 H23 2014
Media class: Book
Publisher: Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9781442229518 1442229519
Translated from the German.
Extent: vi, 409 pages ; 24 cm
"Islam in 'liberal' Europe provides the first comprehensive overview of the political and social status of Islam and of Muslim migrants in Europe. In addition to offering a critical assessment of positive and negative trends in Islamic-Western relations, Kai Hafez also engages in a theoretical debate revolving around integration, tolerance, multicultural liberalism, and modern liberal democracy. Assessing Islamophobia as it is manifested in politics, society, media, academia, school, and churches, the author debates the question of whether liberal society in Europe, in order to avoid a growing gap between integrative politics and discriminatory societies, needs a complete renewal not only of political ideologies but also of cultures and institutions"--Back cover.
Introduction : is liberal society Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde? -- Politics and law. Law : Muslims in the secular constitutional state and the problem of effective equality -- State : the ambivalence of state policies on Islam -- Parliaments, parties, movements : "Representation without participation" or the problem of hegemony in democracy -- Political culture : Muslims' loyalty to the system -- Society. The bourgeois majority : from respectable Islamophobia to system-society rupture -- The Muslim minority : necessary integration and recognition-worthy segregation -- Excursus : the crisis of the middle class : the social Darwinism of cultural difference -- Media. Mass media : enlightened Islamophobia and the social ethics of communication -- Social media : virtual crusaders of the new public sphere --The academy and education. Scholarship and intellectualism : the deliberalization of the staged knowledge society -- School : the pedagogy of (hesitant) recognition of Islam -- Religious institutions. Church : the reluctant intermediary -- Conclusion : the reinvention of liberal society in Europe.