Wednesday, July 17, 2013

"Why the West Fears Islam"

New from Palgrave Macmillan: Why the West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Muslims in Liberal Democracies by Jocelyne Cesari.

About the book, from the publisher:
Are Muslims threatening the core values of the West?

Jocelyne Cesari examines this question through the lens of testimonies from Muslims in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and the United States. Her book is an unprecedented exploration of Muslim religious and political life based on several years of field work in Europe and in the United States. It provides original insights into the ways Muslims act as believers and citizens and into the specifics of western liberalism and secularism, particularly after 9/11, and how the specific constraints of Islam in secular spaces trigger a western politics of fear. Its unique interdisciplinary scope allows for an in depth analysis of data polls, surveys, political discourses, policy programs, interviews, and focus groups with Muslims.
Jocelyne Cesari is a political scientist with a French background, tenured at the French National Center for Scientific Research in Paris and specializing in contemporary Islamic societies, globalization and democratization. At Harvard University, she directs the International Research Program called 'Islam in the West."