Sweden: Cooperation and conflict

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Sweden has become obsessed with its Muslim population. Blogs, newspapers, TV shows, debaters, artists, politicians, interfaith activists, academics in the social science fields, school personnel, comedians, right-wing Christians and, of course, people with a Muslim family history are active participants in an endless discourse about Muslims. Integration, criminality, honour, sexism, undemocratic thinking, rape, nativity, radicalization, etc. - everything is given a Muslim angle. And, of course, Islam and Islamophobia are hotly debated issues. This is quite remarkable when the highest estimation of the number of people in Sweden with a Muslim family history is 400, 000, a mere 4.5 per cent of the total population of 9 million; there are roughly as many Muslims as there are schoolteachers in Sweden. Everyone has an opinion, though seldom a very informed one. This was not the case when I began studying Arabic, Islam and the Middle East in 1984. What has happened, and why all these strong opinions?.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMuslims in 21st Century Europe
Subtitle of host publicationStructural and Cultural Perspectives
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781134004454
ISBN (Print)9780415497091
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010
Externally publishedYes


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