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The Muslim Question in Canada

A Story of Segmented Integration

To those who study the integration of immigrants in Western countries, both Muslims and Canada are seen to be exceptions to the rule. Muslims are often perceived as unable or unwilling to integrate, mostly due to their religious beliefs, and Canada is portrayed as a model for successful integration. This book addresses the intersection of these two types of exceptionalism through an empirical study of the experiences of Muslim integration within Canadian society. Replete with practical implications, the analysis shows that instead of fixating on religion, the focus should be on the economic and social challenges Muslims in Canada face.

224 pages

Table of Contents


1 Introduction

Part 1: Context

2 Muslims and/in the West

3 Responses to the Muslim Question

Part 2: Conceptual Framework

4 The Fundamentals

5 Canadian Immigration and Muslim Immigrants: The Field and the Habitus

Part 3: Muslims in Canada – Front Stage

6 Canadian Muslim Lives: Diverse, Misunderstood, Gendered, Misrepresented

7 The Muslim Question in Canada: Is There One?

Part 4: Muslims in Canada – Back Stage

8 Muslims at Work: Digging Deeper into the Economy

9 Beyond the Friendly Smiles: Muslims in the Community

10 Solutions: How to Strengthen the Attachments of Muslims to Canada

11 Conclusions and Implications



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