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When Islam and Democracy Meet: Muslims in Europe and in the United States

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. From Clash to Encounter

    1. Jocelyne Cesari
      Pages 1-7
  3. The Numbers Debate

    1. Jocelyne Cesari
      Pages 9-18
  4. Islam and the West: Mutual Transformation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Jocelyne Cesari
      Pages 21-42
  5. The Imagined Community

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 89-89
    2. Jocelyne Cesari
      Pages 91-109
    3. Jocelyne Cesari
      Pages 111-122
  6. The Reinvented Community: New Figures of Islamic Authority in the West

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 123-124
    2. Jocelyne Cesari
      Pages 125-140
    3. Jocelyne Cesari
      Pages 141-158
    4. Jocelyne Cesari
      Pages 159-174
    5. Jocelyne Cesari
      Pages 175-181
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 183-267

About this book


Exploring the woefully neglected reality of Islam as a major cultural and relgious facet of American and European politics and societies, Cesari examines how Muslims in the West are challenging the notion of an inevitable clash or confrontation. With nearly twelve million Muslims living in the larger countries of Western Europe and almost six million in America, the challenges of integrating newcomers within different countries, and the place of Islam in democratic and secular context in the post 9/11 context, have become more pertinent. Comparing the interaction of Muslims with their new countries, this book addresses the implications of increased Islamic visability, violent clashes, beneficial cooperation, and questions within the Muslim community about their role and the role of Islam in democratic states. Pursuing a holistic approach to Muslims as a new minority within western democracy, Cesari provides important insights.


democracy Islam politics

About the authors

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).

Bibliographic information


'Wide-ranging and thoughtful...contributing greatly to our understanding of contemporary intra-Muslim politics.' - Karen Leonard, University of California, Irvine, USA

'A pioneering attempt to engage in a comparative study of Muslim experiences on both sides of the Atlantic.' - Ali S. Asani, Harvard University, USA

'A close reading of Cesari's book leaves the reader with a desire for more; not only regarding the many topics she discusses, but also concerning the numbers and the practical information she offers. This book deserves a future edition.' - Tirza Visser, International Journal of Public Theology