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Europe's Angry Muslims

The Revolt of The Second Generation

Robert Leiken

Publication Date - December 2011

ISBN: 9780195328974

368 pages
Hardcover
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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Retail Price to Students: $27.95

The first in-depth study of one the most pressing security issues facing the international community--Europe's volatile Muslim populace

Description

Bombings in London, riots in Paris, terrorists in Germany, fury over mosques, veils and cartoons--such headlines underscore the tensions between Muslims and their European hosts. Did too much immigration, or too little integration, produce Muslim second-generation anger? Is that rage imported or spawned inside Europe itself? What do the conflicts between Muslims and their European hosts portend for an America encountering its own angry Muslims?
Europe's Angry Muslims traces the routes, expectations and destinies of immigrant parents and the plight of their children, transporting both the general reader and specialist from immigrants' ancestral villages to their strange new-fangled enclaves in Europe. It guides readers through Islamic nomenclature, chronicles the motive force of the Islamist narrative, offers them lively portraits of jihadists (a convict, a convert, and a community organizer) takes them inside radical mosques and into the minds of suicide bombers. The author interviews former radicals and security agents, examines court records and the sermons of radical imams and draws on a lifetime of personal experience with militant movements to present an account of the explosive fusion of Muslim immigration, Islamist grievance and second-generation alienation.
Robert Leiken shines an unsentimental and yet compassionate light on Islam's growing presence in the West, combining in-depth reporting with cutting-edge and far-ranging scholarship in an engaging narrative that is both moving and mordant. Leiken's nuanced and authoritative analysis--historical, sociological, theological and anthropological--warns that "conflating rioters and Islamists, folk and fundamentalist Muslims, pietists and jihadis, immigrants and their children is the method of strategic incoherence--'in the night all cats are black.'"

Features

  • Provides an in-depth study of the most pressing security issues facing the international community. The unrest of Muslims in Europe is becoming more and more evident, especially in light of the recent global economic crisis.
  • Combines in-depth reportage with a provocative, engaging narrative.
  • Reveals the dynamics of Europe's uniquely explosive cultural landscape.

About the Author(s)

Robert S. Leiken is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. His commentaries have appeared in the major American newspapers and his reports and essays in Foreign Affairs, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, Foreign Policy, The Times Literary Supplement, Commentary, Washington Post Outlook, The Los Angeles Sunday Times and The Political Science Quarterly.

Reviews

"Mr. Leiken is a largely reliable guide to the varieties of Islamic belief and politics that are now reproduced in Europe...He writes with eloquence, bringing to life the grim realities of the French banlieues and of the back-to-back houses of immigrant families in Leeds, where his requests for information met an impenetrable wall of silence." -- The Economist

"Leiken provides a historical, ethnic and socioeconomic context that identifies important differences as opposed to empty generalities. Both well written and researched-a valuable contribution to an ongoing discussion." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Timely and provocative, this is an important addition to the literature on Islamic terrorism." - Publisher's Weekly

"Leiken discusses Islamophobia and the extent to which Jihadist 'outsiders' manipulate those subjected to it for their own purposes, and emphasizes the need to distinguish between genuine Islamist political agitation and other forms of civil disobedience more rooted in socioeconomic tension."--Middle East Journal

"Leiken supports his anecdotal observations with the weight of academic and empirical studies, resulting in an immensely readable account that is also authoritative." -- Literary Review

Table of Contents

    Prologue
    IN FRANCE
    I. Europe's First Angry Muslim
    II. A French Intifada?
    III. A French Revolt

    GUIDES FOR THE PERPLEXED
    IV. A User' Guide
    V. The Outside
    VI. The Unwanted
    VII. Angles of Aggregation

    IN BRITAIN
    VIII. Ghost Towns
    IX. Cousins
    X. The Lords of Londonistan
    XI. The Life and Loves of a Terrorist

    IN GERMANY
    XII. Germany's Hot Summer
    XIII. Germany's Young Turks

    FINALE
    XIV. Figures in the Carpet