Muslim Citizenship in Liberal Democracies: Civic and Political Participation in the West
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AbstractThis book explores Muslims’ civic and political participation in Australia and Germany, shedding light on their individual experiences, motives for, and personal implications of their multi-faceted engagement. Based on in-depth interviews with Muslims who have been active within a Muslim community context, mainstream civil society and the political arena, this comparative study reveals the enormous complexities and dynamics of active Muslim citizenship. The author paints a picture of Muslims as ‘almost ordinary’ citizens, who – despite experiences of stigmatisation and exclusion – often seek to contribute to the advancement of society and the promotion of social justice. Their civic engagement, even within a Muslim community context, builds intra- and cross-community networks, and contrary to widespread contestation of Islam and its place in the West, their faith is anything but a civic obstacle to their active citizenship agenda.
Peucker, Mario (2016) Muslim Citizenship in Liberal Democracies: Civic and Political Participation in the West. Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series . Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. ISBN 9783319314020