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Muslim World Journal of Human Rights

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State Policies toward Islam in Twenty Countries in Western Europe: The Accommodation of Islam Index

Serdar Kaya
  • Department of Political Science, Simon Fraser University, 8888 University Drive, Burnaby, British Columbia V5A1S6, Canada
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Published Online: 2017-02-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mwjhr-2016-0003


This study creates an index that reveals the extent to which Western European countries accommodate Islamic traditions and practices. The index covers six realms in which Muslim communities seek accommodation: (1) education, (2) chaplaincy services, (3) mosques, (4) cemeteries, (5) Islamic attire, and (6) halal food. The study examines and quantifies the state policies in twenty Western European countries on both national and municipal levels with a particular focus on actual implementation. Results indicate that Western European countries vary widely in terms of their accommodation of Islam. There are also notable within-country differences, due in part to regional governments, as they also make and/or implement policy decisions. Both between- and within-country variations in the accommodation of Islam reveal a variety of nuances, and blur dual categories, such as ethnic-civic and assimilationist-integrationist.

Keywords: immigration; index; Islam; Muslims; multiculturalism; Western Europe

Published Online: 2017-02-01

Citation Information: Muslim World Journal of Human Rights. ISSN (Online) 1554-4419, ISSN (Print) 2194-6558, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/mwjhr-2016-0003, February 2017

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