Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Religion, spirituality and the social sciencesChallenging marginalisation$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Basia Spalek and Alia Imtoual

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781847420411

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847420411.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Muslims, equality and secularism1

Muslims, equality and secularism1

Chapter:
(p.37) Three Muslims, equality and secularism1
Source:
Religion, spirituality and the social sciences
Author(s):

Tariq Modood

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847420411.003.0004

In many European countries, roughly 5 per cent of the citizens is comprised of non-White citizens. It is believed that this number will rise to 50 per cent in the next decades, as this population is young and fertile. Of these non-White citizens, Muslims form a third of the non-White population. This newly settled population of Muslims is feared by many people in Europe because of terrorism associated with Muslims. Many of the centre-left intellectuals and social scientists fear that Muslims will be a threat to the Enlightenment heritage of Europe. There is a perception that Muslims are making politically exceptional, culturally unreasonable, and theologically alien demands on European states. This chapter uses the Islam case to examine how Europe copes with overt religious identities and politicised religious communities. It argues that the multicultural politics of Europe, specifically of Britain, must embrace moderate secularism and resist radical secularism to allow religious equality and multicultural equality.

Keywords:   Muslims, Europe, Islam, religious identities, religious communities, multicultural politics, moderate secularism, radical secularism, religious equality, multicultural equality

Policy Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.