Review: Islam's role in shaping Europe

Maryyum Mehmood on a work that recasts the role of Muslim minorities

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Maryyum Mehmood

Associate Director, The Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, University of Birmingham

Muslims and the Making of Modern Europe
Emily Greble, Oxford University Press, £26.99

When discussing the historical role of Muslims in Europe, most authors focus on Muslims in the western part of the continent, many of whom arrived as immigrant settlers from Muslim-majority nations. As a result, Muslims are easily identifiable as a foreign ‘other’. 

Emily Greble takes a different trajectory. In Muslims and the Making of Modern Europe, Greble centres her analysis on south-eastern European Muslims who are native to the region and, despite this fact, have still been subject to continuous stigmatization. 

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