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Religious Newcomers and the Nation State

Political Culture and Organized Religion in France and the Netherlands

In recent years, it has become clear that the integration of Islam into the political and social framework of European societies will be crucial to the successful future of the region. This volume steps back from the often heated debates over the issue to view it in a wider context, through historical and comparative analyses of the integration of religious minorities in the Netherlands and France. In addition, it broadens the scope of the question by focusing not only on Muslims but on Protestant and Catholic religious minorities as well.

168 pages | 5 7/10 x 8 3/10 | © 2010


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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The national ‘domestication’ of religion in Europe
       Thijl Sunier
Part 1: origins and importance of political cultures
2. Accommodating difference: Historical processes and political cultures
       Wayne te Brake
3. French laïcité, between national conflict and local compromises: For an interactionist approach to the concept of political culture
       Bérengère Massignon
4. Dutch way of dealing with religious differences
       Peter van Rooden
Part 2: religious minorities in the Dutch and French nation state
5. Dutch and Catholic: The Catholic Church and Dutch Catholics in the Dutch Nation State since 1795
       Erik Sengers
6. Protestantism in France: A minority defining its place in Catholic culture
       Jean-Paul Willaime
7. Islam in the Netherlands: A nation despite religious communities?
       Thijl Sunier
8. The governance of Islam in France: Church-state traditions and colonial legacies
       Marcel Maussen
9. Globalization, the nation-state and religious newcomers: Reflections on two countries
       James Kennedy

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