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2nd Edition

Routledge Handbook of Islam in the West

Edited By

Roberto Tottoli

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ISBN 9780367211783
January 31, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
560 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With new topics and contributions, this updated second edition discusses the history and contemporary presence of Islam in Europe and America. The book debates the relevance and multi-faceted participation of Muslims in the dynamics of Western societies, challenging the changing perception on both sides.

Collating over thirty chapters, written by experts from around the world, the volume presents a wide range of perspectives. Case studies from the Muslim presence in the Iberian Peninsula between the Middle Ages and the modern age are setting off the Handbook, along with an outline of Muslims in America up to the twentieth century. The second part covers concepts around new conditions in terms of consolidating identities, the emergence of new Muslim actors, the appearance of institutions and institutional attitudes, the effects of Islamic presence on the arts and landscapes of the West, and, the relational dynamics like ethics and gender.

Exploring the influence of Islam, particularly its impact on society, culture and politics, this interdisciplinary volume is a key resource for policymakers, academics and students interested in the history of Islam, religion and the contemporary relationship between Islam and the West.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Historical Legacies and Contemporary Issues for a Global Umma by Roberto Tottoli

Part 1. History

1.1 Medieval steps

1. al-Andalus and the West, by Alejandro Garcia Sanjuan

2. Muslims in Medieval Sicily and Southern Itally, by Richard Engl and Theresa Jäckh

1.2 Towards modern and contemporary age

3. The converted Muslims of Spain: Morisco cultural resistance and engagement with Islamic knowledge (1502–1610), by Mercedes Garcia Arenal

4. The Muslims in southeastern Europe: from Ottoman subjects to European citizens, by Nathalie Clayer

5. Muslims in Christian-ruled Europe, 15th-19th centuries, by David do Paço

6. Islam in America: the beginnings, by Kambiz Ghanea-Bassiri

1.3 The 20th century

7. Transformations in "Muslim" claims and collective mobilization efforts in Western Europe, by Ghaliya Djelloul and Brigitte Maréchal

8. Black Muslims, by Herbert Berg

9. Muslim American Community Organizations From the Civil Rights Era to the Early 21st Century, by Kathleen Moore

10. Islam in Mexico and Central America, by Mark Lindley-Highfield of Ballumbie Castle

11. Islam and Muslims in Southern America, by Paulo Pinto


Part 2. Culture

2.1 Identity/Identities

12. Emergence of Western Muslim identity: factors, agents, and discourses, by Adis Duderija

13. Islam in Diaspora: the Australian case. by Halim Rane

14. The multicultural idea and Western Muslims, by Anna Triandafyllidou

15. Islamic sectarianism in the West, by Liyakat Takim

2.2 New Muslim actors

16. Sufi Western Islam: the Muslim Latin American Landscape, by Silvia Montenegro

17. Western Salafism: Socialization, Politicization and Globalization, by Mohamed-Ali Adraoui

18. Conversion to Islam in modern Western Europe and the United States, by Patrick Bowen

19. Islamic Knowledge in Europe: Where does it come from? Transformation as a structural condition, by Stefano Allievi

20. Islam, universal Sufism, counterculture movements and traditional Sufi networks, by Francesco Alfonso Leccese

2.3 Institutions

21. Shari’a Courts and Councils in the West, by Adam Possamai and Ashleigh Barbe-Winter

22. The European Council for Fatwa and Research: Ideology, Methodology, and Impact, by Uriya Shavit

23. The American ʿUlama’ and the public sphere, by Timur Yuskaev and Hervey Stark

24. Islamic education in the West, by Jenny Berglund

25. The Political Integration of Muslims in Western Politics, by Eren Tatari and Nicole Dunn

2.4 Landscapes and arts

26. Muslim art and architecture in the West, by Eric Roose

27. Muslims and Popular Culture in the United States, by Hussein Rashid

28. A new Muslim youth culture, by Pam Nilan

29. Muslim Material Culture: Western perspectives and global markets, by Johan Fischer

2.5 Dynamics and Relations

30. Western Islamofobia: the origins of a concept, by Sindre Bangstad

31. Ethical questions in Western Islamic experience, by Francesca Forte

32. Gender, feminism, and critique in American Muslim thought, by Julianne Hammer and Micah A. Hughes

33. Development and perspectives of Islamic economics in the West: Banking and finance, by Gian Maria Piccinelli

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Roberto Tottoli is a professor of Islamic studies at the Università di Napoli L’Orientale, Italy. His fields of interest are early Islamic traditions and literature and the Qur’an in European history. His recent publications include Islam: An Advanced Introduction (Routledge, 2021).