Muslims in Western Politics

Muslims in Western Politics

Edited by Abdulkader H. Sinno
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/1/2008
ISBN: 978-0-253-00280-8
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Looking closely at relations between Muslims and their host countries, Abdulkader H. Sinno and an international group of scholars examine questions of political representation, identity politics, civil liberties, immigration, and security issues. While many have problematized Muslims in the West, this volume takes a unique stance by viewing Muslims as a normative, and even positive, influence in Western politics. Squarely political and transatlantic in scope, the essays in this collected work focus on Islam and Muslim citizens in Europe and the Americas since 9/11, the European bombings, and the recent riots in France. Main topics include Muslim political participation and activism, perceptions about Islam and politics, Western attitudes about Muslim visibility in the political arena, radicalization of Muslims in an age of apparent shrinking of civil liberties, and personal security in politically uneasy times.

Author Bio

Abdulkader H. Sinno is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is author of Organizations at War in Afghanistan and Beyond.

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"Provides a key comparison of the strategies implemented by various Western nations to deal with issues of cultural pluralism and the challenges of protecting their populations from terrorism." —Caitlin Killian, Drew University

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Transliteration
1. An Institutional Approach to the Politics of Western Muslim Minorities, by Abdulkader H. Sinno
Part 1. Western Muslims and Established State-Religion Relations
2. Claiming Space in America's Pluralism: Muslims Enter the Political Maelstrom, by Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad and Robert Stephen Ricks
3. The Practice of Their Faith: Muslims and the State in Britain, France, and Germany, by J. Christopher Soper and Joel S. Fetzer
4. Religion, Muslims, and the State in Britain and France: From Westphalia to 9/11, by Jorgen S. Nielsen
Part 2. Western Muslims and Political Institutions
5. Muslim Underrepresentation in American Politics, by Abdulkader H. Sinno
6. Muslims Representing Muslims in Europe: Parties and Associations after 9/11, by Jytte Klausen
7. Muslims in UK Institutions: Effective Representation or Tokenism? by Abdulkader H. Sinno and Eren Tatari
Part 3. Institutional Underpinnings of Perceptions of Western Muslims
8. How Europe and Its Muslim Populations See Each Other, by Jodie T. Allen and Richard Wike
9. Public Opinion toward Muslim Americans: Civil Liberties and the Role of Religiosity, Ideology, and Media Use, by Erik C. Nisbet, Ronald Ostman, and James Shanahan
10. The Racialization of Muslim Americans, by Amaney Jamal
Part 4. Western Muslims, Civil Rights, and Legal Institutions
11. Canadian National Security Policy and Canadian Muslim Communities, by Kent Roach
12. Counterterrorism and the Civil Rights of Muslim Minorities in the European Union, by Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen
13. The Preventive Paradigm and the Rule of Law: How Not to Fight Terrorism, by David Cole
14. Recommendations for Western Policy Makers and Muslim Organizations, by Abdulkader H. Sinno
List of Contributors
Index
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