Culture and Religion in International Relations

Why the West Fears Islam

An Exploration of Muslims in Liberal Democracies

Authors: Cesari, J.

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Jocelyne Cesari examines the idea that Islam might threaten the core values of the West through testimonies from Muslims in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the US. Her book is an unprecedented exploration of Muslim religious and political life based on several years of field work in Europe and in the United States.

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Jocelyne Cesari, is a political scientist, specializing in contemporary Islamic societies, globalization and democratization. She is Senior Research Fellow at the Berkley Center for Peace, Religion and World Affairs at Georgetown University. At Harvard University, she directs the international research program called 'Islam in the West." She has written numerous articles and books on Islam, Globalization, Democratization and Secularism in Western and Muslim-majority contexts. Her most recent publications include Encyclopedia of Islam in the United States (2007), Muslims in the West After 9/11: Religion, Politics and Law (2010), and The Awakening of Muslim Democracy: Religion, Modernity and the State (2013).

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“This is a very interesting and well-grounded book based both on primary and secondary data and makes it a great work on Islam in the west, discussing all the major themes that dominate public debates, for example, liberalism, secularism, terrorism, integration policies, and so on. … addresses principally to the academic community (scholars, researchers, students) who will absolutely be benefitted both from the analysis as well as from the appendices and exhaustive notes at the end of the book.” (Alexandros Sakellariou, Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Vol. 54 (4), 2015)

Honourable mention for the World Award for the Book of the Year of the Islamic Republic of Iran

"Cesari shines in presenting the material in a clear and direct manner that will appeal to a wide range of readers. At around 150 pages of information packed text, the book is both accessible and illuminating. Much as the Gallup poll's project[2] offered the first major undertaking on the opinions of Muslims in countries with significant Muslim populations, Cesari's book presents the first comprehensive investigation on the opinions of Muslims in the West. By adding the voices of Muslims rather than simply analyzing Islam in the West, Cesari has provided an important contribution in deconstructing the myth of the incompatibility between Islam and liberal democratic societies." - Council for European Studies, Reviews and Critical Commentary

"This book is an eye-opener that denies all sides the luxury of willful ignorance or unchallenged ideological projection. Bold, sophisticated and almost embarrassingly informative, Jocelyne Cesari's effort is certain to elevate the discourse around one of the most important relationships of our time: that between Muslims and their Western compatriots." - Sherman A. Jackson, King Faisal Chair of Islamic Thought and Culture, The University of Southern California, and author of Islam and the Blackamerican: Looking Towards the Third Resurrection


Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Muslims as the Internal and External Enemy

    Cesari, Jocelyne

    Pages 1-20

  • Islam: Between Personal and Social Identity Markers

    Cesari, Jocelyne

    Pages 29-47

  • Multiple Communities of Allegiance: How Do Muslims Say “We”?

    Cesari, Jocelyne

    Pages 49-69

  • Religiosity, Political Participation, and Civic Engagement

    Cesari, Jocelyne

    Pages 71-79

  • Securitization of Islam in Europe: The Embodiment of Islam as an Exception

    Cesari, Jocelyne

    Pages 83-105

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Why the West Fears Islam
Book Subtitle
An Exploration of Muslims in Liberal Democracies
Authors
Series Title
Culture and Religion in International Relations
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Jocelyne Cesari
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-12120-2
DOI
10.1057/9781137121202
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6980-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4039-6953-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 381
Number of Illustrations and Tables
28 b/w illustrations
Topics