New Multicultural Identities in Europe

Religion and Ethnicity in Secular Societies

Edited by Erkan Toguslu, Johan Leman, and Ismail Mesut Sezgin

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Multiculturalism in present-day Europe
How to understand Europe’s post-migrant Islam on the one hand and indigenous, anti-Islamic movements on the other? What impact will religion have on the European secular world and its regulation? How do social and economic transitions on a transnational scale challenge ethnic and religious identifications? These questions are at the very heart of the debate on multiculturalism in present-day Europe and are addressed by the authors in this book. Through the lens of post-migrant societies, manifestations of identity appear in pluralized, fragmented, and deterritorialized forms. This new European multiculturalism calls into question the nature of boundaries between various ethnic-religious groups, as well as the demarcation lines within ethnic-religious communities. Although the contributions in this volume focus on Islam, ample attention is also paid to Christianity, Judaism, and Hinduism. The authors present empirical data from cases in Turkey, Germany, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Poland, Norway, Sweden, and Belgium, and sharpen the perspectives on the religious-ethnic manifestations of identity in the transnational context of 21st-century Europe.

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Chris Allen (University of Birmingham), Cüneyt Dinç (Süleyman Şah University, Istanbul), Frédérique Harry (University of Paris-Sorbonne), Goedroen Juchtmans (KU Leuven and IKKS, Antwerp), Vincent Legrand (Université catholique de Louvain), Johan Leman (KU Leuven), Kathryn Lum (European University Institute, Florence), Marcel Meciar (Yeditepe University, Istanbul), Ephraim Nimni (Queen's University Belfast), Murat Sevencan (Suleyman Sah University, Istanbul), İsmail Mesut Sezgin (Leeds Metropolitan University), Erkan Toğuşlu (KU Leuven), Katarzyna Warmińska (Cracow University)


1. The Manifestation of Identities in a Plural Post-Secular Europe
Johan Leman, Erkan Toğuşlu and İsmail Mesut Sezgin

Part I: Post-Migrant Interactions/Identifications

2. New and Old Identity Patterns of Religious Young Muslims in Germany
Cüneyd Dinç

3. Connecting Home and School: on the Second generation Muslim Children's Agency in Belgian Schools
Goedroen Juchtmans

4. Immigrant Identity, Social Adaptation and Post-Secular Society in Europe
Marcel Mečiar

5. Manufacturing Self-Respect: Stigma, Pride and Cultural Juggling among Dalit Youth in Spain
Kathryn Lum

6. A Case of Euro-Muslimness in Poland? The Polish Tartars
Katarzyna Warminska

Part II. Non-Migrant, Anti-Islam Interactions/Identifications

7. 'Anti-Islamisation of Europe' Activism or the Phenomenon of an Allegedly 'Non-Racist' Islamophobia
Vincent Legrand

8. Discourses on Religion and Identity in Norway. Right-Wing Radicalism and Anti-Immigration Parties
Frédérique Harry

9. Competing Forms of Identity and the Concept of Sovereignty in Europe
Murat Sevencan

10. Democratic Theory and the Autonomy of Non-Christian Religious Courts in the UK
Ephraim Nimni

11. Islamophobia and the Rise of Europe's Multiculturalism
Chris Allen


12. Ethnic-Religious Intersections and New Multiculturalism
Johan Leman, Erkan Toğuşlu and İsmail Mesut Sezgin

About the authors

Format: Edited volume - free ebook - PDF

246 pages

ISBN: 9789461661302

Publication: January 30, 2014

Series: Current Issues in Islam 1

Languages: English


Erkan Toğuşlu is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at KU Leuven University, Gülen Chair for Intercultural Studies.
İsmail Mesut Sezgin is PhD researcher of the Institute for Spirituality, Religion and Public Life at Leeds Metropolitan University.
Johan Leman is professor emeritus of Social and Cultural Anthropology at KU Leuven and President of FOYER, a regional minorities centre in Brussels.