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Islam & Europe

Challenges and Opportunities

Marie-Claire Foblets (ed.)

Publication Year: 2008

Dedicated to increasing our knowledge and awareness of the ever-growing diversity and pluralism of global society, Forum A. & A. Leysen has initiated an annual debate/lecture series, beginning with a focus on Islam in today's world and in Europe in particular. Seven well-known influential authorities - each an active participant in the public debate on the global role of Islam past, present and future - recently presented papers at the first Intercultural Relations Conference sponsored by Forum A.& A. Leysen. These important contributions, on the topic Islam and Europe: Challenges and Opportunities, are reprinted in this volume. Although each contributor speaks from his own distinctive point of view, a common message emerges from all seven texts: only dialogue - on the one hand between the West (countries that manifest themselves as Western Democratic constitutional states) and Islam, and on the other hand within and among societies historically identified with Islam- will overcome entrenched confrontation and negative animosity, engender new possibilities and understandings, and, by encouraging free and critical thinking, pave the way to social equity and the scientific innovation that, potentially, can lead to more prosperity. In the course of the conference all seven talks led to fascinating debates. This book includes the most important questions asked and the speakers' responses. Although the question of how to actually construct the dialogue remains unsettled, this ground-breaking book takes a giant step toward an answer.

Published by: Leuven University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 1-4

Table of Contents

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pp. 5-6

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Foreword

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pp. 7-8

Welcome to this Forum, established by the Catholic University of Leuven together with the Leysen family. The two founders have opted for the socially relevant theme of intercultural relations, and this year in particular the relations between the western and the Islamic worlds. ...

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Introduction

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pp. 9-16

The Anne & André Leysen Forum on Intercultural relations was founded at the Catholic University of Leuven in 2006 within the context of the programme of external Chairs. The activities of the Forum began in that same year. ...

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Multiple Adaptations: Islam in Three Worlds

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pp. 17-46

Throughout the early 2000s, Europeans read in their morning papers, at all too frequent intervals, of discords concerning the place of Islam in Europe: the Danes and their cartoons, the Pope and his views, the Germans and their Mozart. Many began to wonder whether Muslims and other Europeans could live together. ...

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The Poldermujahidin: The Radicalization of Young Dutch Muslims

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pp. 47-62

With the murder of the filmmaker and publicist Theo van Gogh by a young Dutch Muslim, the Dutch became acutely aware of the presence in their midst of a groups of radicalized Muslims, some of whom were willing to use violence. Not much is known about their ideas. ...

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Islam and Europe in the Age of Intercivilizational Conflict. Diversity and the Challenges

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pp. 63-84

The deliberations and the entire reasoning undertaken in this lecture are based on two major assumptions. The first of which refers to the increasing significance of Islam in the new century, not only for the world at large but also and in particular for Europe.2 ...

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Muslim Integration and Secularism

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pp. 85-112

I believe there is an anti-Muslim wind blowing across the European continent. One factor is the perception that Muslims are making politically exceptional, culturally unreasonable or theologically alien demands upon European states. Against that, I wish to say, that the claims Muslims are making, in fact, ...

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Islam, Muslims and the West: Religion and Secularism. From Polarization to Negotiation

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pp. 113-126

Since the French president announced on December 16, 2003 the necessity to introduce a new law in order to prohibit religious symbols, such as the Jewish yarmulke, the big crosses and the female Muslim headscarf, hijâb, to be shown in the national French schools, the reaction generated all over the Muslim World, ...

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Science and Religion, an Uneasy Relationship in the History of Judeo-Christian-Muslim Heritage

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pp. 127-158

Behind the Satanic Verses lurks not just the novelist Salman Rushdie, but indeed, as the phrase literally indicates, the devil himself. That his verses had disappeared (or – horribile dictu – been cancelled) from Sura 53 ‘The Star’ of the Qur’ân does not take away from the fact that they had been ‘there’. ...

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Why we are so obsessed by Islam?

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pp. 159-186

In his book Islam: Past, Present and Future (2004), which is the final volume of a trilogy on the religions of the book – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – the German Catholic theologian and philosopher Hans Küng quotes Tariq Ali as an alternative voice on Islamic history and culture, as well as on the difficult interactions between today’s leading civilizations. ...

List of Contributors

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pp. 187-192


E-ISBN-13: 9789461660176
Print-ISBN-13: 9789058676726

Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2008

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Subject Headings

  • Islam -- Europe.
  • Muslims -- Europe.
  • Islam and state -- Europe.
  • Islam and politics -- Europe.
  • Europe -- Race relations -- Religious aspects.
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