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Nina Clara Tiesler

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Taking a critical perspective on the loss of analytical categories, this article discusses the enormous proliferation of Diaspora concepts in social sciences at large, and in particular with regard to discourses on Muslims in Europe. In the era of international migration, the experience of homelessness, deriving from the loss of the myth of religio-cultural and ethno-linguistically singularity in contemporary societies, seems to become an universal phenomenon. Questions of home and belonging are key issues in the current discourses on Diaspora which, since the turning point of 1989, developed aggressively beyond those academic disciplines concerned with religion.

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Nina Clara Tiesler

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Nina Clara Tiesler

Islam in Portuguese-speaking Areas

Historical accounts, (post)colonial conditions and current debates

Nina Clara Tiesler

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Nina Clara Tiesler and Susana Lavado

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Contrary to other European countries, the contemporary Muslim presence in Portugal has not raised major tensions among the population, nor has it attracted the attention of the media on a regular basis, or been put at the top of the political and research agenda. This chapter aims to analyse this relative silence. First, we analyse some of the recent historic and political factors that may have contributed to this impression of a relative public silence concerning the local Muslim communities in Portugal. Then, we analyse individual attitudes toward Muslims in Portugal and compare them to other European countries. Portuguese data suggest a discrepancy between attitudes specifically toward the Muslim community and attitudes toward Muslims and Islam as more abstract categories. The relationship between these individual attitudes and the silence surrounding Muslims in Portugal is discussed.

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José Mapril and Nina Clara Tiesler