How do Muslims in Europe acquire discursive and practical knowledge of Islam? How are conceptions of Islamic beliefs, values and practices transmitted and how do they change? Who are the authorities on these issues that Muslims listen to? How do new Muslim discourses emerge in response to the European context?
This book addresses the broader question of how Islamic knowledge (defined as what Muslims hold to be correct Islamic beliefs and practices) is being produced and reproduced in West European contexts by looking at specific settings, institutions and religious authorities. Chapters examine in depth four key areas relating to the production and reproduction of Islamic knowledge:
Featuring contributions from leading sociologists and anthropologists, the book presents the findings of empirical research in these issues from a range of European countries such as France, Italy, the Netherlands and Great Britain. As such it has a broad appeal, and will be of great interest to students and scholars of Islamic studies, anthropology, sociology and religion.
Preface 1. Producing Islamic Knowledge in Western Europe: Discipline, Authority, and Personal Quest Martin van Bruinessen 2. Muslim Voices, European Ears: Exploring the Gap Between the Production of Islamic Knowledge and its Perception Stefano Allievi 3. An Emerging European Islam: The Case of the Minhajul Qur’an in the Netherlands M. Amer Morgahi 4. Religious Authority, Social Action and Political Participation: A Case Study of the Mosquée de la Rue de Tanger in Paris Valérie Amiraux 5. The Pattern of Islamic Reform in Britain: The Deobandis Between Intra-Muslim Sectarianism and Engagement with Wider Society Jonathan Birt and Philip Lewis 6. Transnational Ulama, European Fatwas, and Islamic Authority: A Case Study of the European Council for Fatwa and Research Alexandre Caeiro 7. Cyber-fatwas, Sermons, and Media Campaigns: Amr Khaled and Omar Bakri Muhammad in Search of New Audiences Ermete Mariani 8. Guénonian Traditionalism and European Islam Mark Sedgwick
This broad ranging series includes books on Islamic issues from all parts of the globe and is not simply confined to the Middle East.