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Editorial: Conceptualising ‘Muslim Diaspora’

In: Journal of Muslims in Europe
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In memoriam Christoph Schumann (1969-2013)

Muslim communities located outside the commonly recognised ‘Muslim world’ are widely labelled, both in and beyond academic discourses, as living in a diaspora. At the same time, the widespread use of the notion ‘Muslim diaspora’ in contemporary cultural, societal, political and scientific-essayist writing and the media is rarely discussed or questioned. Such a blithe use of the label makes two major hazardous assumptions: first, it implicitly states an ontic category of self-description; and second, it supposes the existence of a scholarly consensus on the appropriateness of its use. Yet neither of these assumptions is

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