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Renat Bekkin

there are around 80 of them), no matter whether they are present in one or several regions, are regarded as centralised religious organisations of Muslims (TsROM). In other words, the law and the Russian authorities do not distinguish between regional and federal muftiates. A fairly simple procedure for

Edited by Thijl Sunier

The Journal of Muslims in Europe is devoted to publishing articles dealing with contemporary issues on Islam and Muslims in Europe from all disciplines and across the whole region, as well as historical studies of relevance to the present. The focus is on articles offering cross-country comparisons or with significant theoretical or methodological relevance to the field. Case studies with innovative approaches or on under-explored issues, and studies of policy and policy development in the various European institutions, including the European courts, and transnational movements and social and cultural processes are also welcome. The journal also welcomes book reviews.
All contributions to the journal must display a substantial use of primary-source material and must be original. The editors also encourage younger scholars to submit contributions. The Journal of Muslims in Europe has a double-blind peer review system and publishes articles in both English and French.

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Stephan Venmans

Reconquista that have epitomised such (national) histories till now. Convivencia holds that Arab Muslim rule constituted an enclave of enlightened, interreligious tolerance in an intolerant, backward Western Europe. In contrast, twentieth-century Spanish historians present Spain’s Islamic period as one of

Nella van den Brandt

of individual autonomy. 8 In this article, I do not aim to present a conclusive answer to what is really at stake in current debates about Islam, Muslims and Muslim women. The above discussion of “the Muslim question” is, however, meant to show its glocal multiplicity and conceptual and empirical

Uriya Shavit

spreading Islam was also suggested as a justification. The fatwa explained that mortgages advance proselytizing efforts in two ways: Muslims will present a respectable face to non-Muslims by becoming homeowners, and the relief from the financial burden of renting a house will make it possible for Muslims

Post-Socialist Sufi Revival in Albania

Public Marginality or Spiritual Privatisation?

Gianfranco Bria

official religious authorities have torn religion out of the hands of believers to present a supposedly pure religious identity, 3 obscuring and formatting all the local elements that contradict central policy. 4 Even some academic studies have considered Balkan Islam 5 from this political point of view

Social Capital as a Lubricant for Exercising Rights

a Case Study of Selected Muslims in North East England

W.A. Amir Zal

resulted in pressure on Muslims to present themselves to others in non-threatening and welcoming ways, despite being subjected to covert and overt discrimination, which they felt in various contexts (Pihlaja and Thompson 2017). For another example, the media was responsible for negative portrayals of the

Suriyah Bi

demonstrated that senior management at the school also felt it was inappropriate to show the video footage to the children. It is important to note all members of the senior management team present at the meeting were White, Christian. Figure 3 One of many “secret” emails sent between staff at the school. This


Edited by Michael Dillon, Yijiu JIN and Wai Yip Ho

This important collection of articles by leading Chinese scholars of Islamic studies reflects current thinking about the past and present condition of Islam in China. It has a strong focus on China’s north-west, the most important region for the study of Islam in China. Most contributions relate to the Hui (Chinese-speaking) Muslims of Gansu and Qinghai provinces and the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region but there are also chapters on the Uyghurs of Xinjiang. An important feature of this book is the attention paid to the Sufi orders: the role of these networks, which embody an inner-directed and mystical aspect of Islam, is crucial to the understanding of Muslim communities in both historical and contemporary China.

Faith and the State

A History of Islamic Philanthropy in Indonesia


Amelia Fauzia

Faith and the State offers a comprehensive historical development of Islamic philanthropy-- zakat (almsgiving), sedekah (donation) and waqf (religious endowment)-- from the time of the Islamic monarchs, through the period of Dutch colonialism and up to contemporary Indonesia. It shows a rivalry between faith and the state: between efforts to involve the state in managing philanthropic activities and efforts to keep them under control of Muslim civil society.
Philanthropy is an indication of the strength of civil society. When the state was weak, philanthropy developed powerfully and was used to challenge the state. When the state was strong, Muslim civil society tended to weaken but still found ways to use philanthropic practices in the public sphere to promote social change.