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Muslim Transnationalism And Diaspora In Europe: Migrant Experience And Theoretical Reflection

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Across academic literature, Muslim populations in Europe are increasingly being described as diasporas and/or as communities and groupings of &t;transnational character&t;. This chapter describes discursive tendencies on the topic of &t;Muslim transnationalism&t; and diaspora relevance within social science. It examines the contributions of two leading Muslim authors who position the situation of Muslim minorities by means of the language of that discourse. Transnational Islamic movements, such as the Tablighi Jamaat, the networks of Muslim migrants, and the day-to-day construction of the umma are just three examples that reveal how pertinent is the metaphor of transnationalism for interpreting contemporary Islam, and how it is lived and featured by Muslims in Europe. The chapter positions identity-political, Islam-theological and legal concepts, which have been developed in Europe and refer to the European area, at paying particular attention to academics, authors, and intellectuals who shape current Muslim discourses in Europe.

Keywords: European Muslims; international migrants; Islam-theological concepts; Islamic-legal regimentation; Muslim transnationalism



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