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New book: Muslims in Poland and Eastern Europe
Muslims in Poland and Eastern Europe. Widening the European Discourse on Islam, K. Górak-Sosnowska (ed.), University of Warsaw, Warsaw 2011, pp. 343.
 
While Islam has been firmly placed on the global agenda since 9/11, and continues to occupy a prominent place in media discourse, attention has recently begun to shift towards European Muslims, or “as some would prefer to say” Muslims in Europe. Apart from the usual concerns, mostly articulated in the media, on the radicalization of Muslim youth, their failure to integrate into mainstream society and so forth, a vast body of academic literature on Islam and Muslims in Europe has sprung up since the late 1990s. This discourse and body of literature on Muslims in Europe, however, are confined to the west of the continent, viz. the old EU. This gives the impression that Europe stops at the banks of the Oder. Central and Eastern Europe - both new EU members and other countries - has been placed outside the realm of discourse, i.e. outside Europe. This book aims to fill this gap by describing Muslim communities and their experiences in Central and Eastern Europe, both in countries with marginal Muslim populations, often not exceeding 1% (e.g. Hungary and Lithuania), and in countries with significant Muslim minorities, sometimes proportionally even larger than in France (e.g. Bulgaria). Some of these countries have a long history of Muslim presence, dating back to the 14th century in the case of the Tatars (e.g. Poland and Ukraine) and the 16th century in the case of the first Muslim arrivals in the Balkans (e.g. Romania, Slovenia) during the Ottoman era. In other countries (e.g. Slovakia), Muslims have arrived only recently. What all these countries have in common is a Communist past inside the former Eastern bloc.
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
List of charts, pictures and tables
Introduction
Katarzyna Górak-Sosnowska, Muslims in Europe: different communities, one discourse? Adding the Central and Eastern European perspective
 
Muslims in Poland
 
Marek M. Dziekan, History and culture of Polish Tatars
Janusz Danecki, Literature of the Polish Tatars
Michał Łyszczarz, Generational changes among young Polish Tatars
Halina Grzymała-Moszczyńska, Magdalena Trojanek, Image of the world and themselves built by young Chechens living in Polish refugee centers. Intercultural conflict
Karolina Łukasiewicz, Strategies of reconstructing Islam in exile. A case of Chechens in Poland
Magdalena Nowaczek-Walczak, The world of kebab. Arabs and gastronomy in Warsaw
Marta Woźniak, Linguistic behavior of Arabophones in Poland
Gaweł Walczak, Muhammad in Warsaw, that is few words about Warsawâ?™s Somalis
Joanna Krotofil, ‘If I am to be a Muslim, I have to be a good one’. Polish migrant women embracing Islam and reconstructing identity in dialogue with self and others
Konrad Pędziwiatr, ‘The Established and Newcomers’ in Islam in Poland or the intergroup relations within the Polish Muslim community
Agata S. Nalborczyk, Mosques in Poland. Past and present
Eugeniusz Sakowicz, Dialogue between the Catholic Church and Islam in Poland
 
Muslims in wider Central and Eastern Europe
 
Egdunas Rac ius, Islam in Lithuania: revival at the expense of survival?
Irina Molodikova, Formation of new Muslim communities in new member states: the case of Hungary
Michal Cenker, From reified collectivities to multiple Islams: putting Muslim migrants in Slovakia into context
Oleg Yarosh, Denys Brylov, Muslim communities and Islamic network institutions in Ukraine: contesting authorities in shaping of Islamic localities
Daniela Stoica, New Romanian Muslimas. Converted women sharing knowledge in online and offline communities
Kristen Ghodsee, Islam in postsocialist Bulgaria: ethnicity, religious revival and social justice
Veronika Bajt, The Muslim Other in Slovenia. Intersections of a religious and ethnic minority
Jacek Duda, Islamic community in Serbia - the Sandjak case
 
Contributors
The Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Warsaw
 
 
Date: 2012-01-04