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Finding a Place for Islam in Europe: Cultural Interactions between Muslim immigrants and Receiving Societies

Objective

The central research question of this project is: how have different traditions of national identity, citizenship, and church-state relations affected European immigration countries’ incorporation of Islam, and what are the consequences of these approaches for patterns of cultural distance and interaction between Muslim immigrants and their descendants, and the receiving society? We answer this question by focusing on three specific research questions: (1) What are the differences between European immigration countries in how they deal with cultural and religious differences of immigrant groups in general, and of Muslims in particular? This question has two aspects. First, the more formal aspect of legislation and jurisprudence, which we will address by way of gathering a systematic set of cross-national indicators using secondary sources. Secondly, cultural relations are also affected importantly by how conceptions of national identity, citizenship, church-state relations, and the position of Islam in relation to these, are framed and contested in the public sphere. (2) To what extent do we find differences across immigration countries in cultural distance and patterns of interaction between various Muslim immigrant groups and the receiving society population? On the one hand, we will focus here on attitudes, norms, and values. On the other hand, we will look at cultural and religious resources and practices. (3) To what extent can cross-national differences in cultural distance and patterns of interethnic and interreligious interaction be explained by the different approaches that immigration countries have followed towards the management of cultural difference in general, and Islam in particular?

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/migration
  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/religion/islam

Call for proposal

FP7-SSH-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
Address
Spui 21
1012WX Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 272 015
Administrative Contact
Frans Tolsma (Ms.)

Participants (5)

WISSENSCHAFTSZENTRUM BERLIN FUR SOZIALFORSCHUNG GGMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 287 040
Address
Reichpietschufer 50
10785 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Reinhild Wagner (Ms.)
UNIVERSITE DE GENEVE
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 223 920
Address
Rue Du General Dufour 24
1211 Geneve
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marco Giugni (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 206 400
Address
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Statham (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 214 800
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Dirk Jacobs (Dr.)
FONDATION NATIONALE DES SCIENCES POLITIQUES
France
EU contribution
€ 244 108
Address
Rue Saint Guillaume 27
75337 Paris
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gina Sandanassamy (Ms.)