Spain Unmoored

Spain Unmoored

Migration, Conversion, and the Politics of Islam
Mikaela H. Rogozen-Soltar
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 02/27/2017
Format: Hardback 1 table
ISBN: 978-0-253-02474-9
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Long viewed as Spain’s "most Moorish city," Granada is now home to a growing Muslim population of Moroccan migrants and European converts to Islam. Mikaela H. Rogozen-Soltar examines how various residents of Granada mobilize historical narratives about the city’s Muslim past in order to navigate tensions surrounding contemporary ethnic and religious pluralism. Focusing particular attention on the gendered, racial, and political dimensions of this new multiculturalism, Rogozen-Soltar explores how Muslim-themed tourism and Islamic cultural institutions coexist with anti-Muslim sentiments.

Author Bio

Mikaela H. Rogozen-Soltar is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada Reno. Her research focuses on the intersections of religion, migration, historical memory, and gender in the Mediterranean. <a href=".Click here to view her faculty bio.</a>


“"An impressively accomplished ethnography of the ambivalent inclusion and exclusion of Islam and Muslims in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. Detailing a set of social encounters between migrant Muslims, Spanish Muslim converts, and non-Muslim Granadians, Rogozen-Soltar successfully charts the 'unequal multiculturalism' resulting from the peripheral city's harnessing of a historical narrative of convivencia to its claims for a privileged position within Spanish and European cosmopolitan modernity." ”
 — Paul Silverstein, author of, Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race, and Nation

“"This is a deeply engaged and timely study of the contradictions of Muslim belonging in Granada, Spain. Rogozen-Soltar’s writing bespeaks a commitment not only to the craft of ethnography but to an ethical position that endows her interlocutors with great humanity. In an era of misunderstanding and intolerance, Spain Unmoored is not only a valuable contribution to the growing literature on Islam in Europe but also a model of question-driven yet empirically engaged and compassionate research. Brava!"”
 — Jonathan H. Shannon, Hunter College, CUNY

“This timely, well-researched and engaging book examines the ways Muslim residents of Granada see themselves, and are seen by others, in relation to Granada’s Arab past. . . . [B]y illuminating many aspects of the relationships between and within Muslims and non-Muslims in Granada today, Spain Unmoored will be of great interest to students and scholars interested in Spain, Islam and multiculturalism in Europe today.”
 — Anthropos

“"Of all the book’s persuasive arguments, what stands out is Rogozen-Soltar’s careful engagement of the heterogeneity of Granada’s Muslim community and her attention to the ways disparity figures into Muslims’ relations with one another as much as their encounters with others. An insightful study of multiculturalism and religion in Europe, relevant to scholars, students, and general readers."”
 — Choice Reviews

“While Rogozen-Soltar’s book is well grounded in anthropological theory, it is not dragged down by jargon or theoretical disquisitions unrelated to the subject matter at hand. On the contrary, Rogozen-Soltar centers her narrative on the analysis of field experiences and uses theory to enrich and contextualize her analysis.”
 — Bulletin for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies

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Table of Contents

Preface: Between Convivencia and Malafollá: Coexistence or Exclusion?
Introduction: Andalusian Encounters and the Politics of Islam
1. Historical Anxiety and Everyday Historiography
2. Paradoxes of Muslim Belonging and Difference
3. Muslim Disneyland and Moroccan Danger Zones: Islam, Race, and Space
4. A Reluctant Convivencia: Minority Representation and Unequal Multiculturalism
5. Embodied Encounters: Gender, Islam, and Public Space
Conclusion: Granada Moored and Unmoored