Why the West Fears Islam

An Exploration of Muslims in Liberal Democracies

  • Authors
  • Jocelyne Cesari

Part of the Culture and Religion in International Relations book series (CRIR)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Muslims as the Internal and External Enemy

    1. Jocelyne Cesari
      Pages 1-20
  3. In Their Own Voices: What It Is to be a Muslim and a Citizen in the West

  4. Structural Conditions of the Externalization of Islam

  5. Conclusion: Naked Public Spheres: Islam within Liberal and Secular Democracies

    1. Jocelyne Cesari
      Pages 139-145
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 147-381

About this book


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.


Europe Germany identity Islam Political Life religiosity

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