An exclusionist Europe? Islam and the reemergence of civic nationalism

Alberto Spektorowski*

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The fierce debates surrounding the 'emergence' of Muslim communities in Europe ensued in the resurgence of nationalism. The current article introduces an original criticism to the ongoing debates surrounding the return of Europe's national pride. This article suggests that Muslim demands for freedom of religion that were founded in Islamic theological perspectives, have catalyzed the restriction of liberal universalistic perspectives to such freedoms. In this study I present how such demands facilitated the advancement of a newly crafted liberal form of nationalism, best identified in Europe's progressing limitation of the right of freedom of religion in various European nations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-126
Number of pages21
Issue number31
StatePublished - 2014


  • Euro-Islam
  • Europe
  • Freedom of religion
  • Muslims
  • Nationalism


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