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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Islam in the West

Edited By

Roberto Tottoli

ISBN 9780415691321
Published August 15, 2014 by Routledge
492 Pages

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Book Description

Islam has long been a part of the West in terms of religion, culture, politics and society. Discussing this interaction from al-Andalus to the present, this Handbook explores the influence Islam has had, and continues to exert; particularly its impact on host societies, culture and politics.

Highlighting specific themes and topics in history and culture, chapters cover:

  • European paradigms
  • Muslims in the Americas
  • Cultural interactions
  • Islamic cultural contributions to the Western world
  • Western contributions to Islam

Providing a sound historical background, from which a nuanced overview of Islam and Western society can be built, the Routledge Handbook of Islam in the West brings to the fore specific themes and topics that have generated both reciprocal influence, and conflict.

Presenting readers with a range of perspectives from scholars based in Europe, the US, and the Middle East, this Handbook challenges perceptions on both western and Muslim sides and will be an invaluable resource for policymakers and academics with an interest in the History of Islam, Religion and the contemporary relationship between Islam and the West.

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: History  Part 1.1: European Paradigms 1. The Borders of Muslim Spain  2. The Converted Muslims of Spain: Morisco Cultural Resistance and Engagement with Islamic Knowledge (1502-1610) 3. Muslims and Islam in Sicily from the mid XIth until the end of the XIIth Century: Contemporary Perceptions and Today's Interpretations 4. The Muslims in Southeastern Europe from Ottoman Subjects to European Citizens 5. Muslims in Western Europe in the Late Twentieth Century: Emergence and Transformation in 'Muslim' Revindications and Collective Mobilization Efforts Part 1.2: Muslims in the Americas  6. Islam in America: The Beginnings  7. Black Muslims 8. American Muslim Associational Life from 1950 to the Present 9. Islam in Mexico and Central America  10. Muslims in South America: History, Presence and Visibility of a Religious Minority in a Christian Context  Part 2: Culture   Part 2.1: Interactions, Conflicting, Converging 11. Europe's Identity Crisis, Islam in Europe, and the crisis of European Secularity 12. Emergence of a Western Muslim Identity: Factors, Agents and Discourses  13. The Multicultural Idea and Western Muslims  14. Social and Political Islamophobia: Stereotyping, Surveillance and Silencing  15. A Muslim Modernity: Ismaili Engagement with Western Societies 16. Conversion to Islam in Modern Western Europe and the United States 17. Muslim Political Radicalization in the West Part 2.2: Contributing to the Western World  18. Landscapes of Muslim Art and Architecture in the West 19.Islamic Organisations in the West: New Welfare Actors in the New Welfare Systems in Europe 20. Islam in Arts in USA  21. European Muslim Youth and Popular Culture: At the Crossroads of Fun and Faith  22. Muslim Material Culture in Western World  Part 2.3: Cotributing to Islam 23. A Religious Law for Muslims in the West: The European Council for Fatwa and Research and the Evolution of Wasati Fiqh al-Aqalliyyat al-Muslima  24. Ethical Questions in Western Islamic Experience 25. Gender, Feminism, and Critique in American Muslim Thought  26. Development and Perspectives of Islamic Economics (banking and finance) in the West 27. Production of Western Muslim Knowledge  28. Islam, Sufism and Post-modern in the Religious Melting-pot

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Roberto Tottoli (PhD, Naples 1996) is Professor of Islamic Studies in the Università di Napoli L’Orientale. He has published Biblical Prophets in the Qur’an and Muslim Literature (Richmond 2002) and The Stories of the Prophets of Ibn Mutarrif al-Tarafi (Berlin 2003) related to the Isra’iliyyat. His recent publications include (authored with Maria Luisa Russo and Michele Bernardini), Catalogue of the Islamic Manuscripts from the Kahle Collection in the Department of Oriental Studies of the University of Turin (Rome 2011) and the Italian translation of the Muwatta’ by Malik b. Anas (Malik ibn Anas, al-Muwatta’. Manuale di legge islamica, (Turin 2011).


"Chapters … cover almost all aspects of crisis and the concerns of Muslims living as minorities in the West. Here, readers can acquaint themselves with issues of minority identity, Islamophobia, tensions with multiculturalism, issues surrounding the scholarship on gender and feminism, economics, and banking. There is even attention given to youth and popular culture. This text is comprehensive. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels/libraries." - A.B. McCloud, DePaul University, in CHOICE, May 2015