Why The West Fears Islam: An Exploration of Muslims in Liberal Democracies . New York: Palgrave MacMillan Press, 2013. Pp. 381. isbn 978-1-4039-6953-8. Joselyne Cesari, the Harvard-based scholar of contemporary Islamic societies and the director of the international research programme called “Islam in the West,” has recently bolstered her earlier works with the publication of a very rich collection of data of five years of fieldwork in five countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Twelve focus groups, composed of five hundred (500) Muslims of different origins, ethnicities, gender, and level of education, were interviewed and/or listened to in discussions in five cities: Boston, London, Paris, Berlin, and Amsterdam. The questions raised among the focus groups vary from religion to politics, which makes the research truly interdisciplinary. The fieldwork first refers to some major surveys and polls conducted on Muslims, especially over the last decade—with an emphasis on rituals and religious issues like the veil, halal food, polygamy, minarets, and sharia (law)—as well as civil and political issues, like loyalty, citizenship, civic engagement and political participation. The volume is therefore a work that ranges from sociology-anthropology to political science and political theology. The
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