Arc Seminar: Paul Statham: Public ‘Barriers’ to Islam?
Where: Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Ave.
212-817-7000 Price: Free
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First, this presentation will briefly summarise and draw on the overall perspective, approach and findings of the applicant’s comparative European research on Islam/Muslims over the last 15 years. It will then zoom in on key findings from the specific analyses undertaken in the proposed project during the fellowship. This will be an original study of how a country’s institutional accommodation of Islam relates to: a) the way that the issue is (de)legitimated by the claims of political actors in mass mediated public debates; and b) the view on ordinary people living in that country on the issue. It examines the degree to which public debates act as a ‘barrier’ or ‘bridge’ to the socio-cultural integration of Muslims in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands. The cross-national comparative data-sets are original on: a) mass mediated public debates over Islam/Muslims; b) surveys with samples of Muslims and non-Muslims in the four countries. Finally, the findings on the variations and similarities between the four European countries will be presented briefly in relation to literature on Muslims in the US. This aims to draw out discussion not only on Europe, but also on possible reasons for the variations between the US and European countries.Buy tickets/get more info now