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Globalization, migration and the two types of religious boundary: A european perspective

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This chapter shows that within many religious groups in Europe new internal boundaries arise along ethnic lines. Pre-existing, internal boundaries within immigrant religious traditions may also become less important in the new homeland. The chapter describes some religious groups, which at first consisted mainly of proselytes from the European majority population, have changed their ethnic profile through the immigration of co-believers. It concerns the legal and political aspects regulating the boundary between religious and secular positions, the author exemplify and discuss how this boundary has become a zone of contestation in the wake of globalization and the immigration of particularly Muslims to Europe. The chapter illustrates the different points with empirical cases, many of them from Denmark. It refers to the international crisis which followed the publication in a Danish newspaper in 2005 of twelve caricature drawings of the prophet Muhammad; this crisis escalated in a manner typical of globalization.

Keywords: Danish newspaper; Denmark; Europe; globalization; international crisis; migration; Muhammad; religious traditions



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