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"The Europeanization of Islam: The Role of the Multi-Level Structure of the EU"

Parker, Melissa Anne (2005) "The Europeanization of Islam: The Role of the Multi-Level Structure of the EU". In: UNSPECIFIED, Austin, Texas. (Unpublished)

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    The emergence of a transnational European-Islamic identity, 'Euro-Islam,' within the member states of the European Union (EU) has recently been explored and asserted by scholars such as Stefano Allievi and Jørgen Nielsen, among others. Various theories have emerged to explain this phenomenon, yet none have considered the EU as a causal factor. The purpose of this paper is to describe and analyse the role of the EU in the emergence of 'Euro-Islam.' I assert that the multi-level structure of the EU is a main explanatory factor in the emergence and transnational nature of 'Euro-Islam.' More specifically, domestic Islamic groups that fail to achieve their objectives at the national level, take their complaints to EU institutions. In the process of doing so, they form transnational alliances, which they use to put additional pressure on the EU, and consequently, on member state governments. The creation of the supranational arena, and of transnational Islamic groups, become catalysts for the advancement of Islamic interests and the creation of a common Islamic identity that transcends borders. In particular, I examine the effect of 'Euro-Islam' on the formation of a common "European identity," Turkish membership and the democratic legitimacy of the Union.

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    Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > political affairs > legitimacy
    EU policies and themes > Treaty reform > enlargement
    EU policies and themes > External relations > EU-Islam
    Countries > Turkey
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2005 (9th), March 31-April 2, 2005
    Depositing User: Melissa Parker
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2005
    Page Range: p. 23
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:25

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