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Islam and space in Europe: the politics of race, time, and secularism

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Peer-reviewed

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Article

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Abstract

This introduction to the Special Issue “Rethinking Islam and Space in Europe” advocates for an analytical turn in the study of Islam in Europe by using space as a central conceptual lens. While spatial approaches are gaining traction in the study of religion, migration, ethnicity, and race, we argue that the critical potential of spatial approaches remains largely unexplored. This paper offers a threefold contribution. First, we show how combining spatial perspectives with local histories contributes to de-exceptionalising the contemporary study of Islam in urban contexts. Second, by “localising secularism” we can uncover concrete formations of exclusion and erasure, while also providing a more refined picture of the ways in which the agency of Muslims is negotiated. Third, we demonstrate how scrutinizing the nexus of time, race and Europe reveals colonial pasts and continuities that are disrupted and transformed by the movement of bodies through public spaces.

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4406 Human Geography, 44 Human Society

Journal Title

Ethnic and Racial Studies

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Journal ISSN

0141-9870
1466-4356

Volume Title

44

Publisher

Informa UK Limited