Muslims and Political Participation in Europe,
Copenhagen, 6-8 October 2010

 Muslims and Political Participation in Europe, 6 - 8 October 2010

The conference will take place Wednesday to Friday 6-8 October 2010 in Copenhagen. The conference was originally planned for April 2010 but had to be postponed due to the closure of air traffic by volcanic ash.


The conference will focus on the following overlapping and interlocking dimensions (these are not to be understood as exclusive of related themes):


1. The processes and realities of Muslim participation in local and national politics: Voting patterns and representation in local and national assemblies; the place of Islam as an identifying factor – do candidates highlight or marginalize their ‘Muslimness’ (and what is ‘Muslim’ in this context?); the relationship between Muslim and ethnic identities in the political processes.


2. Internal Muslim debates about political participation in Europe: Attitudes of Muslims to the democratic processes; views for and against political participation in non-Muslim society; who can/should represent Muslims, or are there other priorities?


3. Public discourses about Muslim participation; political participation as a method or consequence of integration; state policies regarding Muslim political participation; relationship between participation and citizenship; is Muslim participation welcomed or contingent on privatizing the faith? 


The conference is jointly organized by:
- the EurIslam network, based at the University of Strasbourg -
- Centre for European Islamic Thought (CEIT), at the University of Copenhagen -