Muslims in Interwar Europe

A Transcultural Historical Perspective


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Muslims in Interwar Europe provides a comprehensive overview of the history of Muslims in interwar Europe. Based on personal and official archives, memoirs, press writings and correspondences, the contributors analyse the multiple aspects of the global Muslim religious, political and intellectual affiliations in interwar Europe. They argue that Muslims in interwar Europe were neither simply visitors nor colonial victims, but that they constituted a group of engaged actors in the European and international space.

Contributors are Ali Al Tuma, Egdūnas Račius, Gerdien Jonker, Klaas Stutje, Naomi Davidson, Pieter Sjoerd van Koningsveld, Umar Ryad, Zaur Gasimov and Wiebke Bachmann.

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Bekim Agai, Prof. Dr., Frankfurt University, is Professor for Culture and Society of Islam in Past and Present and Executive Director of the Institute for Studies on Culture and Religion of Islam.

Umar Ryad, Ph.D. (2008), Leiden University, is associate professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Utrecht. He is currently leading an ERC Starting Grant research project dealing with the history of Muslims in interwar Europe (2014-2019).

Mehdi Sajid, PhD (2015), completed his doctoral studies at the University of Bonn in 2014. He is currently postdoctoral researcher in the ERC research project of Umar Ryad at the University of Utrecht, where he investigates Muslim transnational activities in and outside interwar Europe.
“This book is a very valuable piece of scholarship based on primary sources, documents, journals and private collections and it introduces not only a new perspective on the Muslim presence in Europe, but also a wide array of thus far unknown sources, publications, activities, organizations, networks and significant actors.”
Dzevada Susko in Journal of Muslims in Europe 7 (2018), 133-137.
Introduction: Towards a Trans-Cultural History of Muslims in Interwar Europe, Bekim Agai, Umar Ryad and Mehdi Sajid
Chapter 1: In Search of Religious Modernity: Conversion to Islam in Interwar Berlin, Gerdien Jonker
Chapter 2: Salafiyya, Ahmadiyya and European Converts to Islam in the Interwar Period, Umar Ryad
Chapter 3: Conversion of European Intellectuals to Islam: The Case of Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje alias ʿAbd al-Ghaffār, Pieter Sjoerd van Koningsveld
Chapter 4: Muslim Bodies in the Metropole: Social Assistance and “Religious” Practice in Interwar Paris, Naomi Davidson
Chapter 5: Indonesian Islam in Interwar Europe: Muslim Organizations in the Netherlands and Beyond, Klaas Stutje
Chapter 6: Moros y Cristianos: Religious Aspects of the Participation of Moroccan Soldiers in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), Ali Al Tuma
Chapter 7: Muslims of Inter-War Lithuania: The Predicament of a Torn Autochthonous Ethno-Confessional Community, Egdūnas Račius
Chapter 8: Transnational Life in Multicultural Space: Azerbaijani and Tatar Discourses in Interwar Europe, Zaur Gasimov and Wiebke Bachmann
All interested in the history of Islam in Europe, anyone concerned with the fields of Islamic Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, European history, trans-cultural and global history.
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