Muslims in Ireland: Past and Present. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2015, pp. vi-266. There is a vast and ever expanding literature on Muslims in Europe. Virtually all of those works focus on the largest European countries (France, Britain, Germany, the Netherlands) while largely ignoring the experience of Muslims in smaller ones. This book’s attention to the Muslim experience in Ireland, therefore, is a welcome addition to the literature. The book provides a comprehensive analysis of the Muslim experience in Ireland by combining historical, sociological, political, and ethnographic research approaches to better understand this complex topic. Compared with other countries in the region, the Muslim experience in Ireland is unique in various respects. Ireland is the only Western European country with a colonial past and until quite recently it was a country of emigration, not immigration. Both of these factors have had some effect on Muslim immigration to and settlement in Ireland. While there were individual Muslims living in Ireland prior to World War Two, their presence was peripatetic and there was no organisational “Muslim community in Ireland to speak of (p. 28).” As a colony rather than a coloniser, there were no natural connections to drive Islamic immigration
Journal of Muslims in Europe – Brill
Published: Oct 28, 2016
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