Menna Tallah Mohamed Taher: Explaining the Relation between Europe and its Muslim Minorities

Explaining the Relation between Europe and its Muslim Minorities, Using the Dynamic Compound Framework

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Menna Taher

In the wake of the Second World War, Europe turned into a continent of migrants. From the 1960s on, Muslims were an important part of these waves of immigration that brought cheap labor of the poorer countries, particularly Turkey, but also North African countries. When more and more Muslim immigrants decided not to return after few years, but to stay permanently, their presence raised a number of social, cultural, political and economic questions that all revolve around the issue of integration. This research tackles the still ongoing debate in Europe of whether to encourage Muslims to assimilate themselves to the values of Western societies or to let them celebrate their religious and ethnic diversity; and who is to blame for the partial failure of integration in some European states. The study points out to how Germany and France each had their own particular experience with migrants, which was reflected on the model they chose for the integration of minorities. This research reflects on how immigration has redefined the borders and space for Europe, thus pushing states to redefine and identify concepts of identity, citizenship and integration.

Menna Taher is an Assistant Lecturer in the Political Science Department, the British University in Egypt since 2007, teaching mainly Political Theory. She graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, majoring in Political Science in (2006). She received her MA degree in 2011 from Cairo University. Her thesis, entitled “Power Transition and the Possibility of Conflict: Sino-American Relations after the Cold War”, was published by Lambert Academic Publishing House. She is now working on her PhD in the Euro-Med Program, Cairo University, on the integration of Muslim Minorities in Europe. Her thesis is titled “Using the Dynamic Compound Framework in Explaining the Relation between Europe and its Muslim Minorities”.

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