Islam in Europe
Relating to Islam in Modern Europe
The Europaeum organised a new graduate workshop on The Arab Spring One Year on: What next ?, hosted at Paris 1-Sorbonne on March 22-24th, with Professor Christine Mengin as Director. The aim was to take stock of developments in the region a year on, and to look ahead, with the focus especially on two key pioneers for change - Tunisia and Egypt. The Europaeum will offer 12-14 places for advanced students and young scholars, drawn from across our partner institutions. Speakers included Slim Laghmani (University of Tunis), Mohammed Marouani (Paris 1), Nadine Picaudou (Paris 1), Lise Storm (University of Exeter), and Patrice Vermeren (Paris 1), among others.
A new website has recently been launched at Oxford based on a British Academy-funded research project on Contemporary Islam in the Balkans. The results of this two-year project are published on the http://balkanmuslims.com/ website, which contains papers, photos and links relating to the role of Islam and Muslim communities involved in the politics of South East Europe.
As part of its 2011 Annual Meeting, the Europaeum organised a special international panel debate on Europe and the Arab Spring: What should we be doing? hosted at the University of Bonn on June 9th. The panel, which included Professor Christian Hacke (Bonn), Professor Pierre Beckouche (Paris 1), and Dr. Adeel Malik (Oxford) explored questions such as Should Europe be doing more ? Are all European nations doing enough ? Why is the EU itself so quiet ? Is NATO being effective enough ? What are the likely outcomes? How should Europe cope with the influx of new immigrants ? What are likely the consequences for the EU, for the Middle East Crisis, and for future oil supplies ? The debate was chaired by Dr. Andrew Graham, Master of Balliol College, Oxford. Please download the event Poster for more information.
Islam in Modern Times: How to Win a Cosmic War? by Reza Aslan
As part of the 'Eutopia College on Tour', the Iranian American journalist and scholar of religion Reza Aslan will deliver four lectures about Islam in modern times in Leiden, Rotterdam and Amsterdam from Tuesday 28 September to Friday 1 October. Eutopia has attracted this flamboyant and popular speaker to the Netherlands because of his inspiring perspective that Islam is indeed able to adapt and modernize.
October 6th 2010 LUCIS jaarlezing 2010/ LUCIS annual lecture 2010 by Prof. dr. Rob Gleave: Justifications for Violence in Islamic Thought.
Rob Gleave is professor of Arabic studies and director of the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies in Exeter (UK). He is doing research on the history and development of Shiïsm, Shi’i jurisprudence, Shiïsm and identity and authority in (Shi'ite) Islam. Professor Gleave is also Director of the Legitimate and Illegitimate Violence in Islamic Thought –project.
Later this month, the fifth annual M100 Sanssouci Colloquium will take place in Potsdam. Leading editors, commentators, publicists and public figures from across the globe will meet at the Sanssouci Palaces from 14th to 15th September, to take part in a conference on Muslim Media and Muslims in the Media. The central theme will be on developing stronger linkages between European mainstream
The Europaeum has once again been successful joining forces with the European teachers association, EuroClio, in winning a EU grant to run a year-long project on the theme of European Migration and History. The programme aims to 'close the gap' between academics and History teachers
The Middle East and the Challenges for International Law
The University of Oxford hosted a special Lecture with Professor Vera Gowlland-Debbas.
All Souls' College
February 12th, 2009
The Islam-in-Europe Programme was launched in September 2004 at a Europaeum Summer School, Europe and Islam: Building Bridges, at Leiden University.
The programme focuses on a variety of questions, including how Islamic communities have settled and integrated in different European countries; the meaning and impact of Political Islam in Europe; understanding and interpreting Islamaphobia in Europe; tracing past and current perspectives of The Other with regard to Muslims in Europe; the impact of terrorism, the Middle East crisis, and Balkans crisis on European foreign policies; and, not least, European relations with Turkey.
Social Cohesion - the Oxford Paradigm
Oxford has a long legacy of a city at the forefront of multicultural initiatives. Dating from its inception, it has been a centre of cultural preservation with such institutions as the Ashmolean Museum, the Bodleian Library and the numerous colleges that constitute the University of Oxford. The University itself brings together students and scholars from across the globe. As a city with
Due to mass migration and globalisation Islam is now part of the political, social and cultural landscape of Europe. The “global presence of Islam and Muslims today requires that we speak not only of Islam and the West but also Islam in the West".
The EU urgently needs to give a new account of itself. Old-fashioned grand narrative and Euromyth will no longer do the trick. TIMOTHY GARTON ASH makes the case.
Europe has lost the plot. As we approach the 50th anniversary of the treaty of Rome on 25th March 2007 – the 50th birthday of the European economic community that became the European Union – Europe no longer knows what story it wants to tell. A shared political narrative sustained the postwar project of (west) European integration for three generations, but it has fallen apart since the end of the cold war. Most Europeans now have little idea where we're coming from; far less do we share a vision of where we want to go to. We don't know why we have an EU or what it's good for. So we urgently need a new narrative.
Senior scholars and young researchers met in Bologna to locate the place of Muslims in European societies. LEON BUSKENS reviews the debates.
Europaeum has sponsored several scholarly meetings and seminars on Islam-in-Europe during past years. On two days last November, an international workshop on Islam and Citizenship in Europe was held in Bologna, coordinated by Dr Ruba Salih, well-known for her research on Moroccan immigrants in Italy and on multiculturalism and gender.