Narrating religious insecurity: Islamic–Western conceptions of mutual threat
|Narrating religious insecurity: Islamic–Western conceptions of mutual threat|
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One does not need to travel very far these days before encountering complaints that Islam poses ‘a fundamental threat to the survival of Western Europe’s cultural identity’, and even to Western civilization as a whole For some, this is no longer just a threat, as Europe has already been taken over by Islam and should now be christened ‘Eurabia’. The challenge is to recover it, if at all possible. These claims are as revealing as they are intriguing. To start with, they are usually made by groups on the far right of the political spectrum (even though increasingly leaders from the ‘center’ are joining in with their own laments about the ‘failure of multiculturalism’ or the refusal of Muslims to integrate).