Terrorism, Islamism, Salafism in Europe: Are They Connected?

The recent arrests in Frankfort again raise the specter of Europe’s terror hitting the U.S. or Americans overseas. You are cordially invited to a discussion on the arrests in Germany and Denmark the character of European Islamism with Jocelyn Cesari, Visiting Associate Professor of Islamic Studies and Director of the Islam in the West Program at Harvard University and Jytte Klausen, Professor of Comparative Politics at Brandeis University . Robert S. Leiken, Director of the Immigration and National Security Program at The Nixon Center, will moderate.

How should we understand the detentions in Frankfort and Copenhagen? Did they arise from post-migrants or from international networks or both? What are the relations among Islamists, Salafists and Sufis in Europe? What attitudes do different denominations hold toward jihad and toward integration? What is the current status of jihad recruitment in Europe ? We are happy to have two distinguished experts speak about these topics:

  • Jocelyn Cesari is the editor of the recent “Encyclopedia of Islam in the United States” and author of “When Islam and Democracy Meet: Muslims in Europe and the United States.”
  • Jytte Klausen’s “The Islamic Challege: Politics and Religion in Western Europe” was published by Oxford in 2005 and is forthcoming in a second paperback edition.
  • Please RSVP by email to info@nixoncenter.org. For further information, please contact Steven Brooke at (202) 887-1000.