Islam, Europe's Second Religion: The New Social, Cultural, and Political Landscape

Islam, Europe's Second Religion: The New Social, Cultural, and Political Landscape

Islam, Europe's Second Religion: The New Social, Cultural, and Political Landscape

Islam, Europe's Second Religion: The New Social, Cultural, and Political Landscape

Synopsis

Islam is slowly, but inexorably becoming part of Europe's social, cultural, and, to some degree, political landscape. With at least 15 million people in Western Europe who adhere to the Muslim faith or have close cultural or other affiliations with the Islamic world, Islam has emerged as Europe's second religion, after Christianity. This volume provides a country-by-country survey by recognized experts from each of the Western European nations.

Excerpt

The Luso-American Foundation took pride in associating with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in its research program on Islam and its contemporary global evolution. Research results presented at the conference titled “Islam in Europe,” held at the foundation’s headquarters in October 2000, testified to the remarkable growth of the presence of Islam in most countries of Europe. The conference underscored the heightened interest throughout Europe in the rising number of Muslims and the impact that their presence is having on the economic, social, political, cultural, and religious landscape of Europe.

Historically, Portugal has enjoyed very special relations with Islamic nations, especially those bordering the Mediterranean, and it is today reviving these historic ties in areas of culture and commerce. Therefore, research programs about the Mediterranean region, especially regarding Islam, have become of growing interest in Portuguese universities. The Luso-American Foundation hopes to be a strong supporter of this work and the international partnerships that ensue. The expansion of relations with the Islamic countries, at the levels both of governments and of civil societies, is of inestimable importance because it can lead to fuller understanding and appreciation of the rich cultural values of Islam and can facilitate the inevitable joining of cultures, which is now underway in most European cities and between the two shores of the Mediterranean.

The leadership of CSIS, in pursuing studies about Islam, under the direction of Dr. Shireen T. Hunter, is to be congratulated by all of us

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