Old and New Islam in Greece

From Historical Minorities to Immigrant Newcomers


The legal and political habitus of Greece's Muslim population is discussed in a fascinating interdisciplinary historical overview of both indigenous minority and immigrant communities providing insights into the evolution and current state of minority and migration law. The book also speaks in a piercing fashion to the scholarly debate on communitarianism and liberalism, as Greece’s sui generis legal tradition and embrace of community rights often runs contrary to the country’s own liberal legal order and international human rights standards. How notions of ethnicity and citizenship have been challenged by recent Muslim immigration is further explored. The reader is therefore treated to a comprehensive analysis of minority rights pertaining to 'Old' and 'New' Islam in Greece within the European context.

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Konstantinos Tsitselikis PhD (1995) in International Law and Minority Rights, is Associate professor at the University of Macedonia (Greece). Author of books, studies and articles on human rights, focused on minority and migrants rights, including “Minority mobilization in Greece and litigation in Strasbourg”, International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, 15/2008, 27-48 and A Tale of Reciprocity: Minority foundations in Greece and Turkey, 2010, TESEV/ΚΕΜΟ, Istanbul/Athens [with D.Kurban].
Foreword; Acknowledgements;
1. Introduction
Part I The legacy: National law and international commitments under the weight of history
2. Muslim minorities in the Balkans and Greece in the era of nationalism
3. 1913-1922: A decade of ethno-religious co-existence
4. 1923-1947: Exchanging populations and the aftermath
Part II Status: Ethnic realities under normative negotiation
5. Islam under Greek law: The content of rights
6. The Muslim minority as a legal entity: An Ottoman legacy
7. Unbending identities, invisible diversities
8. Internationalising a domestic affair while endorsing human rights
9. Right to citizenship
Part III Enjoying civil and political rights through the community
10. Political representation
11. Right to association
12. Mosques and cemeteries
13. Freedom of expression
14. Property rights
Part IV Community structures and establishments: Religion and language
15. Considering community property: The vakf
16. The position of the Moufti and the application of sharia
17. Language and educational rights
18. Conclusions
19. References & Bibliography
20. Appendices
21. Index.
All those interested in the position of Muslim communities/minorities in Greece, the state-religion relations and the historical development of communalism (Muslim minority institutes, academic libraries, public libraries, specialists, students, Ministries of Foreign Affairs).
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