This text critically reassesses history to examine the long-standing notion that "Islamic affairs" are removed from, and inevitably clash with, "Western affairs". It reconsiders what Islam is and what Westernization is. The book is divided into six parts: Islam and the West, an intentional duality; a reinterpretation of the relations between the Muslim world and the West; Islam and the West, concepts of civilization; the dialetics of reason and faith; secularism and Islamism; democracy and political representation in the Islamic world; and Islam in Europe, the Islam of Europe.
Gema Martin Munoz is Professor of Sociology of the Arab and Islamic world at Madrid Autonoma University and Director of Maghreb-Middle East at the Centro de Relaciones Internacionales, Madrid.
Introduction: Islam and the west - an international duality, Gema Martin Munoz. Part 1 Relations between Europe and the Muslim world - a reinterpretation: history as an ideology of legitimation - a comparative approach in Islamic and European contexts, Mohammed Arkoun; Europe and the Muslim world in international relations, Miguel Angel Moratinos; the Euro-Mediterranean partnership - a singular approach to a plural mediterranean, Bichara Khader. Part 2 Islam and the west - concepts of civilization: "clash of civilizations" - the relations of the future? Mohammed 'Abed Al-Jabri; cultural dialogue and "Islamic specificity", Maurice Borrmans; clash of civilization? contemporary images of Islam in the west, John L. Esposito; citizenship and human rights in some Muslim states, Ann Elizabeth Mayer. Part 3 The dialectics of reason and faith - secularism and Islamism: Islam and secularism, Ardou Filali-Ansari; relations between Europe and Islamists, Tariq Ramadan; Islamism and some of its perceptions of the west, Mohammed Tozy; techniques and values -contemporary Muslim debates on Islam and democracy, Gudrun Kramer; family restructuring and affirmation of the individual in Muslim countries - the case of Iran, Farba Adlkhan. Part 4 islam in europe, the Islam of Europe: the re-islamization of Muslim immigration in Europe, Jocelyne Cesari; Muslims and European education systems, Jorgen S. Nielsen; isolation or integration? the development towards multicultural societies, Francois Zabbal.