Muslim Diversities volumes II and III: ’Circumstances and Change’ and ’Conformity and Conflict’

The “Muslim Diversities” series offers a comprehensive exploration of the diversities that constitute the contemporary Islamic and Muslim social, political, economic and theological landscapes around the world. It challenges and deconstructs the assumption of homogeneity that pervades contemporary understandings of what constitutes today’s “Islam” and “Muslims”. Each of its three volumes seek to present a wide range of critically engaged and innovatively informed perspectives.

Innovative and interdisciplinary chapters for volumes II and III are now being invited. Focusing upon a specific community (which can be understood in terms of a community, organisation, group or other entity), both established academics and postgraduates as well as practitioners from a variety of backgrounds are encouraged to submit an abstract of no more than 500 words.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is November 30th 2007.

Islam in Europe: Diversity, Identity and Influence

Events over recent years have increased the global interest in Islam. This volume seeks to combat generalisations about the Muslim presence in Europe by illuminating its diversity across Europe and offering a more realistic, highly differentiated picture. It contends with the monist concept of identity that suggests Islam is the shared and main definition of Muslims living in Europe. The contributors also explore the influence of the European Union on the Muslim communities within its borders, and examine how the EU is in turn affected by the Muslim presence in Europe. This book comes at a critical moment in the evolution of the place of Islam within Europe and will appeal to scholars, students and practitioners in the fields of European studies, politics and policies of the European Union, sociology, sociology of religion, and international relations. It also addresses the wider framework of uncertainties and unease about religion in Europe (Cambridge UP).

Table of Contents

    Introduction—Effie Fokas
    Christians and Muslims: memory, amity, and enmities—Tarek Mitri
    The Question of Euro-Islam: restriction or opportunity?— Jorgen Nielsen
    Muslim identities in Europe: the snare of exceptionalism—Jocelyne Cesari
    From exile to diaspora: the development of transnational Islam in Europe—Werner Schiffauer
    Bosnian Islam as “european Islam”: limits and shifts of a concept—Xavier Bougarel
    Islam in the European Commission’s system of regulation of Religion—Berengere Massignon
    Development, discrimination and reverse discrimination: effects of EU integration and regional change on the Muslims of Southeast Europe—Dia Anagnostou
    Breaching the infernal cycle? Turkey, the European Union and Religion—Valerie Amiraux
    Afterword—Aziz Al-Azmeh

Dutch recommend Good Cop, Bad Cop for Paris suburbs

AMSTERDAM, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Ahmed Marcouch, the leader of an immigrant district in Amsterdam, said on Friday the key to quelling the kind of riots seen in Paris this week was to isolate troublemakers, involve parents and build community relations. Marcouch, who moved to Amsterdam from Morocco aged 10, was credited with quickly cooling the situation by visiting the victims’ parents and bringing together community leaders, youth workers, imams and police. Emma Thomasson reports.

Obama ignores attacks on his Muslim ties

CAIRO – A vicious campaign to scare Americans of White House hopeful Sen. Barak Obama by playing on his connections to the Muslim world might not be all bad news. “He understands that there are scurrilous attack e-mails going on underground that distort his religious affiliation and worse, but his judgment is that he trusts the American people more than that,” David Axelrod, a top Obama strategist, told the Washington Post on Nov. 29. “He genuinely believes…that people want to have a president that the world looks at and says, _I believe this guy has an understanding of us and how we fit together on the planet.'”

Islamic Charity Co-Founder Released

Pirouz Sedaghaty, co-founder of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, was just released from the Lane County Jail in Eugene, Oregon. He is awaiting trial on federal tax and conspiracy charges. In 2004, a federal grand jury indicted him and the Oregon chapter of the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation on charges of smuggling $150,000 to Muslim fighters in Chechnya. William Call reports.

Ireland: Islam now Ireland’s third largest religion

Islam is now Ireland’s third largest religion after a 70 percent surge in the number of Muslims in the country between 2002 and 2006, according to official data released Thursday. For decades Ireland was a country of emigration but the 2006 Census showed a surge in immigration in a decade of the so-called Celtic Tiger economic boom has resulted in 420,000 of the population being born outside the country.

Kurdish journalists on death row honored in Siena

Two Kurdish journalists who have condemned in Iran, have been awarded a prestigious Italian prize for freedom of the press. Adnan Hassanpour and Khalil Boutimar were awarded in Siena’s Town Hall, and recognized for their insistence on publishing the controversial Kurdish-Farsi news magazine _Asu’ which was shut down by Iranian authorities in 2005 and later condemned to death. Boutimar is an environmental activist, and Hassanpour is an advocate for cultural rights of Iranian Kurds. Two Italian rights groups, Article 21 and ISF (Information, Safety, and Freedom) petitioned the Italian government to intervene on their behalf.

Palestinian makes music the answer to peace

Ramzi Aburedwan, a Palestinian living in Italy is working towards using the power of music to bring people together and aid the Middle East peace process. Aburedwan recently performed in two shows entitled ‘Al Kamandjati’ (The Violinist) at the prestigious Auditorium in Rome, with accompanying Israeli, Italian, and Muslim writers and actors to support him. In 2005, Aburedwan created a school of music that holds workshops for more than 400 children in refugee camps.

The Institute of Islamic Studies of Aragon aspires to be “reference center” in Arab studies

The Institute of Islamic Studies and the Middle East of Aragon (IEIOP)is in collaborative works with the University of Zaragoza and the Superior Center for Investigative Sciences to create three research ares related to Arab studies. The three projects include: Humanities (centered on Arab and Islamic studies), Middle East research, and Islamic Art History. The IEIOP saw a change in leadership this week, from Gonzalo Borras to Francisco Pina, signaling a new chapter in the organization’s history and new endeavors on Islam and Arab studies in Spain.