Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781783609536 Published April 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783609543 Published April 2017 For sale in North and South America only

The Daily Lives of Muslims

Controversy and Islam in Contemporary Europe

Nilüfer Göle

The Daily Lives of Muslims

Nilüfer Göle

Distributed for Zed Books

288 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $24.95 ISBN: 9781783609536 Published April 2017 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $95.00 ISBN: 9781783609543 Published April 2017 For sale in North and South America only
For many in the West, Islam has become a byword for terrorism. From 9/11 to the attacks in France and Belgium, our headlines have been dominated by images of violence and extremism tied to radical Islam. At the same time, as the Western world struggles to cope with the growing crisis of Middle Eastern refugees, many of whom are Muslim, there is a concern over how—or whether—Muslims will integrate into Western society. The fear is that Muslims who fail to assimilate will be branded as outsiders, creating segregated communities that might provide a fertile breeding ground for jihadists. Such reductive narratives, however, fail to take into account the actual lives of most Muslims living in the West, choosing to focus on a minority of violent extremists.  In The Daily Lives of Muslims, Nilüfer Göle provides an urgently needed corrective to this distorted image of Islam.
 
The Daily Lives of Muslims engages with members of Muslim communities in twenty-one cities across Europe where controversies over integration have arisen, from the banning of the veil in France to debates surrounding Sharia law in the United Kingdom. In doing so, Göle brings the voices of this neglected majority into the debate and uncovers a sincere desire among many Muslims to participate in the public sphere, a desire which is too often stifled by Western insecurity and attempts to suppress the outward signs of religious difference. This is a timely and urgently needed perspective on an issue that is likely to remain in public debate for many years to come.
 
Review Quotes
Nathan Lean, author of The Islamophobia Industry
“An incredibly important book. The current plague of anti-Muslim prejudice is due, in large part, to a lack of information about the diversity and lived realities of Muslim communities. This insightful volume confronts that reality with nuance and context. A must-read.”
 
Tahir Abbas, Royal United Services Institute

“A sharp and clear observation on the state of affairs of Muslims in Europe today. The book provides a detailed, analytical, and insightful account of the challenges and opportunities faced by secular states and the Muslim community. A highly valuable contribution.”

Richard Phillips, University of Sheffield
“A boundary-crossing, original book. It gives a fresh take on the everyday and the quotidian, which informs our ways of seeing cities and societies. It also fulfils the promise of its title by illuminating the unsensational within lives that have been sensationalised beyond recognition.”
Gavan Titley, co-author of The Crises of Multiculturalism: Racism in a Neoliberal Age
“A fine-grained transnational study of the diversity of practices and reflections that people across Europe bring to their faith and identities as Muslims. Göle's patient, layered analysis is timely and critically important.”

 
For more information, or to order this book, please visit http://www.press.uchicago.edu
Google preview here

Chicago Manual of Style |

RSS Feed

RSS feed of the latest books from Zed Books. RSS Feed