Muslims in Western Europe by Jonas Otterbeck, Jørgen Nielsen

By Jonas Otterbeck, Jørgen Nielsen

This advent to the tale of Muslims in Western Europe describes their early heritage and descriptions the factors and classes of recent Muslim immigration. It explains how Muslim groups have constructed in person nations, their origins, present-day ethnic composition, distribution and organisational styles, and the political, criminal and cultural contexts during which they exist are explored. there's additionally a comparative attention of concerns universal to Muslims in all Western ecu international locations together with the position of the kinfolk, and the questions of worship, schooling and non secular thought.

New to this Edition:

All six country-related chapters (France, Germany, the united kingdom, the Netherlands and Belgium, Scandinavia, Southern Europe ) are considerably updated

The bankruptcy on kinfolk, legislations and tradition is revised to incorporate the paintings from fresh studies

The bankruptcy on Muslim corporations now covers teams and routine that experience built within the final decade

The bankruptcy on eu Muslims in a brand new Europe now covers the caricature difficulty, Eurabia-Islamophobia and new radical nationalism

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As the religious life of the Alevi tradition hardly requires mosques (their worship is based on a form of the Bektashi dhikr) or Qur’an schools, they are hardly visible in the organised Muslim life of Germany. A study of the community in Berlin published in 1988 could only identify one Alevi organisation. An additional factor in this ‘invisibility’ is the distrust expressed towards them both by Sunni movements, who regard them as heretical, and by the Turkish authorities, who regard them as perhaps not quite loyal Turks.

Instead, there were growing numbers of refugees from various parts of the world, including Turkey, Iran and the Arab countries. Many of these had been entering via East Berlin, where the East German authorities were allowing people without valid papers to land and then sending them across to the western half of the city. An agreement between the two governments succeeded in putting a stop to this practice in August 1986, but the arrival of refugees continued, albeit in smaller numbers, and German policy towards the status of foreigners was, by the end of the decade, dominated by its attitude towards refugees.

The date was not coincidental. This was only a year after the Berlin Wall was erected, blocking the inflow of East Germans. It was also the year which saw the beginning of Turkey’s first five-year plan, in which the export of labour was a major element. The effect of the agreement was that German companies seeking Turkish workers had to operate through official recruitment offices set up by the German and Turkish authorities in Turkey. People looking to find work in Germany had 26 Muslims in western Europe to go through medical checks and job interviews in Turkey and were issued with work permits and entry papers.

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