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The Handbook promotes the increasing diversity of perspectives employed in the study of contemporary Europe and EU integration is situated in the context of Europe’s transformations. It offers balanced coverage of political, social, economic, cultural and institutional dimensions of Europe. It includes chapters by many leading authorities: Beck, Calhoun, della Porta, Offe, Paasi, Rosamund and Tilly. Multi-disciplinary in organization, inclusive in coverage, and cutting-edge in scope, the Handbook is a landmark resource for anyone interested in European Studies.
Chapter 34: The Mountain Comes to Muhammad: Global Islam in Provincial Europe
In 1989, Muslims around the world protested against Salman Rushdie's portrayal of the Prophet Muhammad in his novel The Satanic Verses. In addition to forcing the novel's British–Indian author into hiding, these protests also signaled the emergence of a global Muslim politics on the European continent. Since 1989, the world has been swept by periodic waves of Muslim protest, all of which are invariably concerned with demonstrations against some European insult to the Prophet. My objective in this essay is to ask what political meaning these protests represent in the context of European liberalism.
Despite appearances these global events by no means represent the fanatical fringe of ...