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Muslims in the WestFrom Sojourners to Citizens$
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Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148053

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148053.001.0001

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Muslims in Italy

Muslims in Italy

(p.131) 8 Muslims in Italy
Muslims in the West

Maria Adele Roggero

Oxford University Press

From a historical point of view, the Italian peninsula has been exposed to Islamic influence since the beginning of the Muslim age, initially through acts of piracy from North Africa, then with the full-fledged Muslim conquest of Sicily and part of southern Italy. Throughout the Middle Ages, Islam continued to make its influence felt in Italy through traders, travelers, and plunderers, with its effects felt in commerce, language, and culture. This chapter describes the post-World War II phenomenon of Muslim immigration in Italy. Over the past twenty years, this immigration has reached a very significant level, both numerically and in terms of its cultural impact. Muslim immigrants are interacting with all aspects of Italian society: religious, social, occupational, educational, cultural, institutional, and so on. Muslims in some cases are even influencing the conversion of Italians to Islam.

Keywords:   Italian peninsula, North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Muslims, immigration, Islam, immigrants

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