Muslims at the Margins of Europe

Finland, Greece, Ireland and Portugal


This volume focuses on Muslims in Finland, Greece, Ireland and Portugal, representing the four corners of the European Union today. It highlights how Muslim experiences can be understood in relation to a country’s particular historical routes, political economies, colonial and post-colonial legacies, as well as other factors, such as church-state relations, the role of secularism(s), and urbanisation. This volume also reveals the incongruous nature of the fact that national particularities shaping European Muslim experiences cannot be understood independently of European and indeed global dynamics. This makes it even more important to consider every national context when analysing patterns in European Islam, especially those that have yet to be fully elaborated. The chapters in this volume demonstrate the contradictory dynamics of European Muslim contexts that are simultaneously distinct yet similar to the now familiar ones of Western Europe’s most populous countries.

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Tuomas Martikainen, PhD, is director of the Migration Institute of Finland. His areas of interest include religion, migration and consumer society. His publications include Immigrant Religions in Local Society (2004, Åbo Akademi University Press) and Religion, Migration, Settlement (2013, Brill).

José Mapril, PhD, is assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology (Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and a senior researcher at CRIA-NOVA. Since 2018, he is the director of CRIA. His publications include Secularisms in a Post Secular Age (2017, Palgrave, edited with Ruy Blanes, Erin Wilson and Emerson Giumbelli) and The Sites and Politics of Religious Diversity in Southern Europe (2013, Brill, edited with Ruy Blanes).

Adil Hussain Khan, PhD, is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Loyola University New Orleans.
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José Mapril, Tuomas Martikainen and Adil Hussain Khan

Part 1: Governing Islam and Muslims

1 The Founding of the Islamic Council of Finland
Tuomas Martikainen
2 State and Religion in Peripheral Europe: State-Religion Relations, Corporatism and Islam in Portugal and Ireland (1970–2010)
Luís Pais Bernardo
3 The Governance of Islamic Religious Education in Finland: Promoting “General Islam” and the Unity of All Muslims
Tuula Sakaranaho

Part 2: Politics of Recognition

4 Concepts of Authority in Irish Islam
Adil Hussain Khan
5 Nation-state, Citizenship and Belonging: A Socio-historical Exploration of the Role of Indigenous Islam in Greece
Venetia Evergeti
6 Perceptions of Mis/Recognition: The Experience of Sunni Muslim Individuals in Dublin, Ireland
Des Delaney

Part 3: Public Debates and (In)Visibility

7 Explaining the Absence of a Veil Debate: The Mediating Role of Ethno-nationalism and Public Religion in the Irish Context
Stacey Scriver
8 Muslim Migration Intelligence and Individual Attitudes toward Muslims in Present-day Portugal
Nina Clara Tiesler and Susana Lavado
9 From the Margins to the Fore: Muslim Immigrants in Contemporary Greece
Panos Hatziprokopiou

Part 4: Mobilities and Belonging

10 Iraqi Diaspora and Public Space in a Multicultural Suburb in Finland
Marko Juntunen
11 Sudanese and Somali Women in Ireland and in Finland: Material Religion and Culture in the Formation of Migrant Women’s Identities in the Diaspora
Yafa Shanneik and Marja Tiilikainen
12 The Socio-spatial Configuration of Muslims in Lisbon
Jennifer McGarrigle
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