Seminar / 30h / 4 ECTS / summer semester. Coordinator: dr Joanna Krotofil
The module draws on theories and empirical studies from the sociology and social anthropology, to illuminate what is the current position of Islam and Muslims in Europe. Concepts discussed include ethnicity, identity, globalisation, multiculturalism, islamophobia and conversion to Islam. Diverse European contexts will be considered for comparative purposes. The discussion will focus on the construction of Muslim identity in the context of multiculturalism, immigration and the place of religion in public life. Western conversions to Islam and islamophobia will be discussed as two examples of identity processes related to Islam. Students will discuss the processes shaping representation of Muslims in media, politics and public life. The goal of the module is to unable students to participate in academic debates on the role position of Islam in Europe and critically evaluate academic literature in this field.