Chapter 9 From the Margins to the Fore: Muslim Immigrants in Contemporary Greece

In: Muslims at the Margins of Europe

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This chapter looks at Greece’s ‘new’ Muslim residents, their growing presence and visibility in the public sphere and the ways they are portrayed in dominant public discourses. Building on a variety of sources, it traces the growth and diversity of immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries and explores the rise of migrant Muslim communities in the public sphere. Such a growing presence suggests a multiple shift regarding the character of Islam in Greece. Even though Islam is not new to a state that emerged from the Ottoman Empire and hosts an indigenous Muslim minority, the chapter argues that it undergoes a shift from the margins to the fore, and therefore Greece may be seen as undergoing a transition from a transition a ‘peripheral’ case in Europe to a ‘core’ one whereby Muslim communities relate to transnational migration.

Muslims at the Margins of Europe

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