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Islam in Contemporary Western Europe (HI-696)
Fall 2008

This course considers mainly present day realities of Muslims in Western Europe with references to the historical, political, and social road to the current situation. After a general overview on Muslim communities in the Old Continent, some case studies will be analyzed. Classes will be focused on Islam in France, the UK, Germany and Italy, using published and unpublished materials, videos and with the participation of guest speakers. Comparisons with the situation in the US will be made frequently, and students will be encouraged to use their own experiences in a rational and controlled environment. The course is not intended exclusively as an occasion for students to get academic knowledge, but as a chance to discuss, to compare ideas, to engage in a serious and respectful dialogue with classmates, instructors and guest speakers.

 

Meeting Day, Time and Dates:
Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6:50 p.m., beginning Sept. 9



Davide Tacchini
Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies


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Course Syllabus
Course Website

Week 1, September 16, 2008, Self Introduction and Presentation of the Course.

Readings:

GOTTSCHALK, PETER and GREENBERG, GABRIEL, Islamophobia, Making Muslim the Enemy, Lanham, Maryland, USA – Plymouth, UK, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2008, pp. 13-45.
RAMADAN, TARIQ, Western Muslims and the Future of Islam, New York, Oxford University Press, 2004, pp. 3-10.

Week 2, September 23, From Clashes to Encounters to Clashes to...mutual understanding?
The Road to the Current Situation of Islam and Europe.

Readings:

ABŪ-RABĪ‘, IBRAHĪM, The Concept of the Other in Modern Arab Thought, From Muhammad ‘Abduh to Abdallah Laroui, in «Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations», Volume 8 (1), 1997, pp. 85-97 (on reserve).
CHOUEIRI, YOUSSEF M., Islamic Fundamentalism, London , Printer Publishers, 1990, pp. 9-63 (on reserve). (+20’)

Week 3 , September 30, Islam and the European Community. The so called early
Immigration.


Readings:

APAP, JOANNA and TCHORBADJIYSKA, ANGELINA, What about the Neighbors? The Impact of Schengen along the EU’s External Borders, CEPS Working Document No. 210/October 2004, Brussels (on reserve).
NIELSEN, JORGEN S., Muslims in Europe in the Late Twentieth Century, in Yazbeck Haddad, Yvonne and Haddad, Wadi Z. (ed.), Christian-Muslim Encounters, Gainesville, FL, USA, University Press of Florida, 1995, pp. 314-327 (on reserve).

Week 4 , October 7, Western Islam, “New” Muslims between Tradition and Modernity.
The issue of Islam and Democracy.


Guest Speaker, Dr. Amedee Turner.

Readings:

FĀRŪQ, WĀ’IL, How Muslims Practice Modernity and Refuse it at the Same Time, still being published (on reserve). Arabic version available, too.
(كيف يمارس المسلمون الحداثة و يرفضونها في نفس الوقت؟).
BOUBEKEUR, AMEL, Political Islam in Europe, in AMGHAR, S., BOUBEKEUR, A., EMERSON, M. (ED.), European Islam, Challenges for Society and Public Policy, BRUSSELS, CEPS, 2007, pp. 14-37.

Reflection due.

Week 5, October 14, Islam in the UK.

Readings:

Islam in the UK, in HUNTER, SHIREEN T., Islam, Europe's Second Religion: The New Social, Cultural, and Political Landscape, New York, Praeger, 2002, pp. 51-76.

Week 6, October 21: Islam in Italy.
Film: Young, Muslims, Italians.

Week 7, October 28: Islamic Polemic Literature: Stereotypes and the Role of Europe as laboratory for reform.

Readings:
-RAMADAN, TARIQ, To be a European Muslim, London, The Islamic Foundation, 2004, pp. 114-152 (on reserve).
-RAMADAN, TARIQ, Europeanization of Islam or Islamization of Europe?, in HUNTER, SHIREEN T., Islam, Europe's Second Religion: The New Social, Cultural, and Political Landscape, New York, Praeger, 2002, pp. 207-218.
-TACCHINI, DAVIDE, Islamic Apologetic and Polemic against Christianity and the West: Prospects of Dialogue, still being published (e-mail).
-STOWASSER, BARBARA, The End is Near: Minor and Major Signs of the Hour in Islamic Texts and Contexts, in Amanat, Abbas and Collins, John J., Apocalypse and Violence, New Haven, Yale Center for International and Area Studies, 2004 (on reserve).

Week 8, November 4, Islam in Germany, the Turkish Immigration.

Guest Speaker: Zeyneb Salim, Georgetown University.

Readings:
Islam in Germany, in HUNTER, SHIREEN T., Islam, Europe's Second Religion: The New Social, Cultural, and Political Landscape, New York, Praeger, 2002, pp. 29-50.

Week 9, November 11, Islam in France, model or illusion?

Readings:
HUNTER, SHIREEN T., Islam, Europe’s Second Religion: The New Social, Cultural, and Political Landscape, New York, Praeger, 2002, pp. 3-28.
CESARI, JOCELYNE, When Islam and Democracy Meet: Muslims in Europe and in the United States, New York, Palgrave MacMillan, 2004, pp. 21-63 and 159-174 (on reserve).

Reflection Due

Week 10, November 17, Islam in South Africa, an example for Europe?

Readings:

SONN, TAMARA, Muslims in South Africa, A Very Visible Minority, in YATZBECK HADDAD, YVONNE and I. SMITH, JANE, Muslim Minorities in the West, Visible and Invisible, Oxford, Altamira Press, 2002, pp. 255-264 (on reserve).

Week 11, November 25, Reading Week, no class.

Week 12, December 2, Muslim Political and Economical Movements in Europe, the actual situation and the Media.

Readings: AMGHAR, S., BOUBEKEUR, A., EMERSON, M., European Islam, Challenges for
Society and Public Policy
, Brussels, CEPS, 2007 to be finished.

Week 13, December 9, Young Muslim Pioneers: the experience of Yalla Italia!
General Revision and Question Time.


Guest speaker: Martino Pillitteri, director of Yalla Italia! magazine.

Readings:
Yalla Italia Magazine, Nothing with a Big Meaning (on reserve).
Islam in Italy, in HUNTER, SHIREEN T., Islam, Europe's Second Religion: The New Social, Cultural, and Political Landscape, New York, Praeger, 2002, pp. 77-96.

Shortly thereafter,
Final Paper Due


Required Books:

-AMGHAR, S., BOUBEKEUR, A., EMERSON, M. (ED.), European Islam, Challenges for Society and Public Policy, Brussels, CEPS, 2007.

-HUNTER, SHIREEN T., Islam, Europe's Second Religion: The New Social, Cultural, and Political Landscape, New York, Praeger, 2002.

-RAMADAN, TARIQ, Western Muslims and the Future of Islam, New York, Oxford University Press, 2004.

Recommended Books and Articles

-ALLIEVI STEFANO, DASSETTO FELICE, MARÉCHAL BRIGITTE, NIELSEN JØRGEN (a cura di), Muslims in the Enlarged Europe, Leiden, Brill, 2003.

-BOWEN, JOHN R., Why the French don’t like Headscarves: Islam, the State and Public Space, Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2007.

-CESARI, JOCELYNE, When Islam and Democracy Meet: Muslims in Europe and in the United States, New York, Palgrave MacMillan, 2004.

-CESARI, JOCELYNE, L’islam à l’épreuve de l’occident, Paris, Editions la découverte, 2004.

-CHOUEIRI, YOUSSEF M., Islamic Fundamentalism, London , Printer Publishers, 1990.

-FETZER, JOEL S. AND SOPER, CHRISTOPHER J., Muslims and the State in Britain, France and Germany, New York, Cambridge University Press.

-GODDARD HUGH, A History of Christian-Muslim Relations, Chicago, New Amsterdam Books, 2001.

-HOSSEIN NASR SAYYED, A Young Muslim’s Guide to the Modern World, Cambridge, The Islamic Text Society, 1993.

-HUNTER, SHIREEN T., The future of Islam and the West: Clash of civilizations or Peaceful coexistence? , Westport, CT, U.S.A., The Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1998.

-HUNTINGTON, SAMUEL, Islam and the Clash of Civilizations, in «Foreign Affairs» 72 (1993).

-JENKINS, PHILIP, God’s Continent: Christianity, Islam and Europe’s Religious Crisis, Oxford-New York, Oxford University Press, 2007.

-KEDDIE, NIKKI R., An Islamic Response to Imperialism, Political and Religious Writings of Sayyid Jamal al-Din Al-Afghani, in KEDDIE NIKKI, ALGAR HAMID (trans.), Berkeley-Los Angeles, University of California Press, 1968.

-KEPEL, GILLES, Á l’Ouest d’Allah, Paris, Editions du Seuil, 1994.

-LAURENCE, JONATHAN and VAISSE, JUSTIN, Integrating Islam, Political and religious Challenges in Contemporary France, Washington D.C., The Brooking Institution Press, 2006.

-MONTGOMERY WATT, WILLIAM, Muslim-Christian Encounters, Perceptions and Misperceptions, London, Routledge, 1991.

-MOUSSALLI, AHMAD, Islamic Fundamentalist Perceptions of Other Monotheistic Religions, in WAARDENBURG JACQUES, Islam and Christianity, Mutual Perceptions since the Mid 20th Century, Leuven, Peeters, 1998.

-NIELSEN JØRGEN, Muslims in Western Europe, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 1992.

-NONNEMAN, GERB – NOBLOCK, TIM – SZAJKOVSKI, BOGDAN (ed.), Muslim Communities in the New Europe, Reading-Berkshire, Ithaca Press, 1996.

-PEACH, CERI and VERTOVEC, STEVEN, Islam in Europe. The Politics of Religion and Community, London, Macmillan, 1997.

-RAMADAN, TARIQ, In the Footsteps of the Prophet, Lessons from the Life of Muhammad, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2006.

-RAMADAN, TARIQ, Islam, the West and the Challenges of Modernity, London, The Islamic Foundation, 2004.

-RAMADAN, TARIQ, Les Musulmans d’Occident et l’avenir de l’Islam, Paris, Sindbad, Actes Sud 2003.

-RAMADAN, TARIQ, Les musulmans dans la laïcité: responsabilités et droits des musulmans dans les sociétées occidentales, Lyon, Tawhid, 1998.

-RAMADAN, TARIQ, To be a European Muslim, London, The Islamic Foundation, 2004.

-SAFI, OMID (ED.), Progressive Muslims: on Justice, Gender and Pluralism, Oxford, OneWorld, 2003.

-WAARDENBURG, JACQUES, Islam and Christianity: Mutual Perceptions since the mid-20th Century, Leuven, Peeters, 1998.

-ZOLONDEK, LEON, The French Revolution in Arabic Literature of the Nineteenth Century, in «The Moslem World» (1967), pp. 202-211.

 

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