Islam and Modernity Muslims in Europe and the United States.

Author:Rhodes, Fred
Position:Brief Article - Book Review
 
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ISLAM AND MODERNITY MUSLIMS IN EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES By Iftikhar H. Malik published by Pluto Press ISBN 0 7453 1611 5 price 14.99 [pounds sterling] paperback

Much has been written about Islam and the West--as if they operate in two separate spheres. This book looks at the Muslim diasporas in the West (Europe and the US) from the Moors, as the Spaniards call Muslims, who populated Spain for nearly 700 years, to the present day.

What is it like to be a Muslim living in the West today? And how different is it to the experiences of Muslims who lived in western countries many generations ago? Recent events and the onset of a new world order have given these questions a new importance.

It is a difficult time right now for the Muslim diasporas throughout the United States and Europe. George W. Bush's 'war on terror' is seen through much of the Muslim world as a war on Islam. This has complex repercussions for Muslims living in the West. Tensions and anxieties are running high as many Muslims in America and Europe are caught in a climate of...

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