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Europe's Angry Muslims

The Revolt of The Second Generation

Robert Leiken

Publication Date - 01 December 2015

ISBN: 9780190275419

400 pages
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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


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 new enclaves in Europe. It guides readers through Islamic nomenclature, chronicles the motive force of the Islamist narrative, offers them lively portraits of jihadists, and takes them inside radical mosques and into the minds of suicide bombers. Through interviews of former radicals and security agents and examination of the sermons of radical imams, Robert Leiken presents an unsentimental yet compassionate account of Islam's growing presence in the West. His nuanced and authoritative analysis-historical, sociological, theological and anthropological-warns that conflating rioters and Islamists, folk and fundamentalist Muslims, pietists and jihadis, and immigrants and their children is the method of strategic incoherence.

Now with a new preface analyzing the rise of ISIL, this book offers a cogent overview of how global terror and its responding foreign policy interacts with the lives of Muslim, first-and second generation immigrants in Europe.


  • NEW IN PAPERBACK: Prologue and Chapters updated to reflect current events through mid-2015.
  • Combines in-depth reportage with a provocative, engaging narrative.
  • Reveals the dynamics of Europe's uniquely explosive cultural landscape.
  • 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.

About the Author(s)

Robert S. Leiken has been a Senior Fellow at Harvard's Center for International Affairs, the Carnegie Endowment, CSIS, and the Brookings Institution and director of the Immigration Program at The Center for the National Interest. His commentaries have appeared in many major U.S newspapers; his essays in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The National Interest, The Weekly Standard and The Times Literary Supplement. He has authored books on immigration, Central America, and Soviet strategy. He is presently writing a memoir.


"[Leiken] 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."-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)

"[Leiken] is a wide-ranging, freethinking scholar... who lets his conclusions fall where they may, apparently without regard to intellectual trendiness or easily labeled political ideology."-Christian Science Monitor

"To call it a 'popular account' would capture how good a read the book is, but would scarcely capture the depth of the research he brings to bear on these questions." -John R. Bowen, author of Why the French Don't Like Headscarves: Islam, the State, and Public Space

Table of Contents

    Prologue ix
    Part One
    1. Europe's First Angry Muslim 3
    2. A French Intifada? 17
    3. A French Revolt 37
    Part Two
    4. A User's Guide 61
    5. The Outside 77
    6. The Unwanted 91
    7. Angles of Aggregation 103
    Part Three
    8. Ghost Towns 117
    9. Cousins 139
    10. The Lords of Londonistan 151
    11. The Life and Loves of a Suicide Bomber 189
    Part Four
    12. Germany's Hot Summer 219
    13. Germany's Young Turks 237
    Part Five
    14. Figures in the Carpet 261
    Acknowledgments 271
    Notes 275
    Glossary 327
    Index 337
    XIV. Figures in the Carpet

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