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Mosques Controversies in the United States: Emotions, Politics and the Right to Religious Freedom


Pasquale Annicchino


European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

Nadia Marzouki


European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS)

2012

Annuaire Droit et Religions, Vol. 6, 2012

Abstract:     
In the last decade the number of mosques in the United States has considerably grown from 1209 to 1925. As shown by sociologist Akbar Ahmed, there is an important diversity among American mosques, in terms of size, ethnic background, theological teaching, proselytizing strategy. While most mosques and Islamic centres are built without encountering any opposition from local community, a few controversies have recently attracted a lot of media and public opinion attention. Rather than an exhaustive survey of all the mosque debates, this article analyses the most important specific type of arguments that were made by participants in such controversies. In particular, it examines the extent to which the relevance and the legitimacy of the liberal language of rights seems challenged by a growing part of the American public, that puts forward notions of appropriateness, sensitivity, and nationalism.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 12

Keywords: Religious Freedom, Islam, Mosques, United States

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Date posted: January 15, 2013  

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Annicchino, Pasquale and Marzouki, Nadia, Mosques Controversies in the United States: Emotions, Politics and the Right to Religious Freedom (2012). Annuaire Droit et Religions, Vol. 6, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2200343

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Pasquale Annicchino (Contact Author)
European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )
Via delle Fontanelle 19
50016 San Domenico di Fiesole, Florence 50014
Italy
[+39] 055 4685882 (Int. 2882) (Phone)
Nadia Marzouki
European University Institute - Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) ( email )
Via dei Roccettini 9
via delle Fontanelle 10
50016 San Domenico di Fiesole, Florence 50014
Italy
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