Al-Andalus Rediscovered: Iberia's New Muslims

Al-Andalus Rediscovered: Iberia's New Muslims

by Marvine Howe


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Iberia is a special place of colliding myths over its Islamic past and the Christian reconquista, the Inquisition and massive expulsion of Muslims and Jews some five centuries ago. Long a land of emigrants and explorers, it has now become home to Europe's latest, rapidly growing Muslim communities.

Al-Andalus Rediscovered focuses on Iberia's new Muslims, and their lives in a largely Roman Catholic region. Also featured are the Spanish and Portuguese officials, academics, NGOs and ordinary citizens who are trying to find better ways to integrate Muslims and other immigrants, despite domestic and European pressures for tougher counter-measures.

This book seeks to answer the basic questions: whether an Iberian model of a humane immigration policy is possible in 'fortress' Europe and whether the partisans of the Andalusian spirit of tolerance and diversity can prevail at this time of economic hardship and heightened radicalism in both the Islamic World and the West.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199327577
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/01/2012
Pages: 289
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Marvine Howe is a former correspondent for The New York Times in Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Her latest books are Turkey: A Nation Divided Over Islam's Revival and Morocco: The Islamist Awakening and Other Challenges (OUP).

Table of Contents

1. Gate Crashers
2. Moorish Legacy
3. The Early Newcomers
4. Spain's 11 September
5. Iberian Outreach
6. Muslim Solidarity
7. Portugal's Central Mosque and Associates
8. Spain's Multiple Muslim Voices
9. The Radical Fringe
10. Jewish Roots
11. The Iberian Model
12. Wrestling with Phobias
13. The Way of Dialogue

What People are Saying About This

Matthew Carr

Howe is a skilled and remorseless reporter, who has clearly brought all her years of experience to bear in her research. The result is an authoritative, illuminating and indispensable guide to anyone concerned with Iberia, immigration in Europe and contemporary European-Muslim relations.

Matthew Carr, author of Blood and Faith: The Purging of Muslim Spain (New Press, 2010)

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