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The Islamic ChallengePolitics and Religion in Western Europe$
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Jytte Klausen

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231980

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231980.001.0001

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How Do Muslim Leaders See the Problems?

How Do Muslim Leaders See the Problems?

(p.52) 2 How Do Muslim Leaders See the Problems?
The Islamic Challenge

Jytte Klausen

Oxford University Press

It is difficult today to argue that Muslims have special needs, as explained by one Muslim member of the Dutch parliament. Even if it is acknowledged that Muslims do have special problems, there may be uncertainty about how to define the problems and which to prioritise. It is important also to distinguish between problems shared by Muslims with all immigrants, and those associated with their religion, although these may be shared, in part, with other minority religions in European countries. Moreover, the crucial issues vary from one European country to another, and even in a single country, Muslims are not a unified constituency. Ethnicity, gender, political outlook, and class are common sources of disagreement and dissent. And commonly, calls for a pan-Muslim identity do not appeal to all Muslims.

Keywords:   Muslims, Muslim leaders, immigrants, religion, Islam, Europe, Islamophobia, problems, public policy, assimilation

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