The interchange between Muslims and Europe has a long and complicated history, dating back to before the idea of 'Europe' was born, and the earliest years of Islam. There has been a Muslim presence on the European continent before, but never has it been so significant, particularly in Western Europe. With more Muslims in Europe than in many countries of the Muslim world, they have found themselves in the position of challenging what it means to be a European in a secular society of the 21st century. At the same time, the European context has caused many Muslims to re-think what is essential to them in religious terms in their new reality. In this work, H.A. Hellyer analyses the prospects for a European future where pluralism is accepted within unified societies, and the presence of a Muslim community that is of Europe, not simply in it.
Dr H.A. Hellyer is Fellow of the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations at the University of Warwick (UK). A prolific author on Muslim communities of the West in the media, academia and policy circles, he has been an associated scholar of the Brookings Institution (USA), the American University in Cairo (Egypt) and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (UK). He is currently writing his next book on Muslim minorities in different parts of the world, entitled 'Making it on the Margins'.
Introduction; Part I: Background and Precedent; 1. Religious Diversity and Multiculturalism; 2. Muslims as Minorities in Fiqh; Part II: Present and Current Situations; 3. Fiqh in Modern Europe; 4. Muslims in Europe; 5. Muslims and Religious Descrimination; Part III: A Case Study and Conclusions; 6. Muslims in the United Kingdom; 7. Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; Glossary.