Chapter 1 introduces the main themes and issues addressed by this book. We make a definitive case for two arguments in this book: firstly, the recognition of the accelerating and pervasive nature of Islamophobia in this region, and secondly, the recognition that this process is being, can be and will be challenged by counter-narratives that make the claim for Muslim humanity, plurality, space and justice. This book provides a new, innovative kit of counter-narratives which were presented and well received at the European Parliament on 26 September 2018 and launched across Europe in national workshops in selected states subsequently.
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