Title: Muslims in the West (pbk) Redefining the ...
Publisher: Shangri-La Publications
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I will not speak here of Islam, but of Muslims. Islam, like Christianity or Judaism, is an abstraction that does not exist as a body or entity in itself. The use of the word Islam in titles such as Islam in the Republic and Is Islam Free to be Critical? is wholly erroneous. These titles should rather be Muslims in the Republic and Are Muslims Free to be Critical? In this work, I use the term Islam only in quotes from other sources.This book, which will also be available in French, published by L'Harmattan, Paris, 2002, is devoted to problems created by the presence of Muslims in a Western country, such as Switzerland. Even though the data concerning these problems differs somewhat from one country to another, Muslims raise nearly identical problems everywhere they settle in the West; where now between fifteen and twenty million Muslims live. The information is just as applicable to the situation found in the United States, which has more than five million Muslims, and most recently has felt tragic effects of this cultural clash.To understand these problems, the first part of this work describes the classic Muslim view of minorities and current implications. The second section concerns linguistic, ethnic and religious minorities specifically in Switzerland, although there are similar laws in other countries, especially the United States which was the first modern nation to embrace religious freedom. The third part explores several domains of Muslim values, to see what extend these values can be accomodated in Switzerland. By extension, these proposals apply to other modern nations in the West. I list these as follows: recognition, freedom of religion, school, family law, food prohibitions and cemeteries.The Muslim minority in Switzerland is now the third largest religious community, following Protestants and Catholics. At its present growth rate, in less than twenty years, it will be the largest religious community, and even reach population majority. If the Muslim community is not integrated in time and its value system does not adapt to larger society, they will represent a real risk for the democratic and legal system in both Switzerland, and indeed for every Western country. The endangering of territorial unity is already shown in ex-Yugoslavia; now ravaged by religious factions. This risk must be taken seriously in all Western countries (the United States, France, Germany, Britain and Italy) where increasingly high numbers of Muslims live.I know this work touches on a very sensitive topic, in this period of tension between the Western world and the Muslim world. A reason for this tension is lack of intention transparency on both sides. Nothing is worse than to pretend all is going well and then to awake one morning, as on September 11th, 2001, with a horror that we could have easily avoided with healthier reports and greater global understanding. Therefore, a reciprocal information work, such as this one, is just as beneficial to the Muslim community as for the West (concerning September 11th, see appendices 1 and 2 at the end of this work). To appreciate problems constitutes a predisposition to find their solution.Muhammad (d. 632) said, ?If the judge provides an effort and gives back a suitable judgment, he has gained two merits, but if he is mistaken in his judgment he has just one merit?1. I do not pretend to have diagnosed all problems, nor propose infallible solutions, but I hope at least to have achieved some merit for my effort. It is incumbent upon other researchers to pursue this effort and, possibly, to correct findings in it. In this regard, I remain open to all suggestions or constructive remarks from my readers.Before finishing this introduction, I wish to express my deep gratitude to those that corrected and commented on this text. I thank in particular Sheldon Lee Gosline of Shangri-La Publications for translating this work into English. I remain however uniquely responsible for mistakes and opinions h. Bookseller Inventory # ABUMUSLIMP
Synopsis: A compelling study examining the social dilemmas concerning Muslims living in the west following the events of September 11, this work is dedicated to handling the delicate situation brought about by the presence of 15 to 20 million Muslims in western countries. Included are discussions of the practice of arranged marriage and its effects on immigration law, the representation of Muslim women in western populations, and the situation concerning Iraqi relations. With chapters covering minority populations, food prohibitions, and family law, the cultural and religious practices of Muslims are seen in the context of life in the west.
About the Author: Sami A. Aldeeb teaches Arabic and Muslim Law at the Swiss Institute of Comparative Law in Lausanne and is the author of eight books and countless articles on Arabic and Muslim law.
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