Hope and Fear in Response to the
Growth of Islam in Europe and the US
Friday, 23rd Feb, 5pm
Latimer Room, Clare College (map)
Followed by wine reception
Description: The territorial expansion and proliferation of the world’s largest religions has always and necessarily been intrinsically both global and local in constitution and causation. Failing to capture either dimension means failing to grasp what has been going on. Over the last three decades especially, the movement of Islam across Western Europe and the United States and its effects on migration, religious exploration and adaptation, and cultural, and economic inter-action, has been challenged by a proliferating global crisis of terror and state fission. This has posed fresh challenges to states and communities and presented Muslims with novel options, religious, economic, social, political, and military. We wish to explore, on the basis of Tobias’s research, the character of state and communal responses in Europe to the ways in which Muslims have taken up these options in one particular major German city and proceed on a later occasion to compare this with the analogous response in a London borough. By doing so we hope to clarify the similarities and contrasts between relevant contexts, historical and spatial, which have helped to structure this response.
Tobias Müller is a final year PhD candidate at the Department of Politics and International Studies. His latest works include “Destabilizing Secularism, Religion and the state” (Political Theory, online first 2017).
John Dunn is Emeritus Professor at the Department of Politics and International Studies and fellow of King’s College, Cambridge. His latest works include “Breaking Democracy’s Spell” (Yale University Press 2014).
Those interested in reading the paper beforehand please contact Tobias Müller firstname.lastname@example.org.
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