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Addressing the “Muslim question”

Mansouri, Fethi, Lobo, Michele and Johns, Amelia 2015, Addressing the “Muslim question”, Journal of muslim minority affairs, vol. 35, no. 2, Special Issue, pp. 165-170, doi: 10.1080/13602004.2015.1046745.

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Title Addressing the “Muslim question”
Author(s) Mansouri, FethiORCID iD for Mansouri, Fethi orcid.org/0000-0002-8914-0485
Lobo, MicheleORCID iD for Lobo, Michele orcid.org/0000-0001-7733-666X
Johns, Amelia
Journal name Journal of muslim minority affairs
Volume number 35
Issue number 2
Season Special Issue
Start page 165
End page 170
Total pages 6
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015-04-03
ISSN 1360-2004
1469-9591
Summary  The question of whether Islam and Muslims belong in the West has been the subject of considerable political “debate” well before the events of 9/11. Indeed, subsequent events, though different but connected, have unfolded on the international scene as the “War on Terror”. This question has undoubtedly attracted public attention and the answers are more polarised nowadays as we live in the highly mediatised shadow of Al-Qa’eda and its more violent incarnation, the Islamic State (IS). Indeed, the clash of civilisation thesis advanced by Samuel Huntington had at its core a philosophical and practical assumption that Islam and the West are on a collision course because of their divergent cultural and value systems. In other words the cultural fault line that divides the Muslim world from the West is not only about democracy but also about ethics and values. The excessive securitisation of Islam and its public construction as “alien”, “foreign”, “threatening” and altogether “incompatible” with Western democratic values adds weight to the self-fulfilling prophecy that sees nothing but violent clashes in history that stretch from the Crusades to the War on Terror.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13602004.2015.1046745
Field of Research 200209 Multicultural, Intercultural and Cross-cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C2 Other contribution to refereed journal
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
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