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Islam and Secularity

The Future of Europe's Public Sphere

Nilüfer Göle author


Publisher:Duke University Press

Published:23rd Oct '15

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In Islam and Secularity Nilüfer Göle takes on two pressing issues: the transforming relationship between Islam and Western secular modernity and the impact of the Muslim presence in Europe. Göle shows how the visibility of Islamic practice in the European public sphere unsettles narratives of Western secularism. As mutually constitutive, Islam and secularism permeate each other, the effects of which play out in embodied and aesthetic practices and are accompanied by fear, anxiety, and violence. In this timely book, Göle illuminates the recent rethinking of secularism and religion, of modernity and resistance to it, of the public significance of sexuality, and of the shifting terrain of identity in contemporary Europe. 

"Once again, then, Göle attends simultaneously to the asymmetries of power and the dynamics of reinvention—the hallmark more generally of this readable, analytically complex, and timely new book." -- Mayanthi Fernando * Reading Religion *
"Göle’s contributions are manifold. . . . This work is a must-read for a graduate seminar on the topic. It is highly recommended for both researchers and nonprofessionals." -- Hakan Erdagöz * Sociology of Religion *
"Islam and Secularity makes for very rewarding and stimulating reading. It is exceptionally well suited to relocate debates about European secularity and Islam into global and historical perspectives. Concise and clearly written, the book is packed with wide-ranging arguments that will challenge the reader on many levels and with fascinating case studies." -- Frank Peter * Journal of Islamic Studies *

ISBN: 9780822359982

Dimensions: unknown

Weight: 318g

280 pages