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Interculturalism: Europe and its Muslims in Search of Sound Societal Models

Patricia Bezunartea, Sergio Carrera, Tufyal Choudhury, Andreas Hieronymus, Theodoros Koutroubas, Titia Van Der Maas, Nina Mühe, Joanna Parkin, Benoît Rihoux, José Manuel López Rodrigo, Tinka M. Veldhuis, Ward Vloebergs, Zeynep Yanasmayan, INTERCULTURALISM: EUROPE AND ITS MUSLIMS IN SEARCH OF SOUND

190 Pages Posted: 31 Jul 2011  

Patricia Bezunartea

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Sergio Carrera

Centre for European Policy Studies

Tufyal Choudhury

Durham University

Andreas Hieronymus

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Theodoros Koutroubas

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Titia Van Der Maas

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Nina Mühe

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Joanna Parkin

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS)

Benoît Rihoux

affiliation not provided to SSRN

José Manuel López Rodrigo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Tinka M. Veldhuis

Independent

Ward Vloebergs

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Zeynep Yanasmayan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 8, 2011

Abstract

The simmering debate in Europe about multiculturalism versus assimilation has now come to a boil. The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, famously stated in October 2010 that “multiculturalism in Germany (Multikulti) had failed, completely failed”. In February 2011, both Prime Minister David Cameron and President Nicholas Sarkozy could also be heard declaring that multiculturalism was a failure, although only the French President endorsed assimilation as the alternative. Others argue that both assimilation and multiculturalism have failed.

These dramatic statements represent the challenge of interpretation and policy analysis to which this book is addressed. If these single words can identify a failure of society and of the policies of government, then there has to be a better model, concept and policy. This study tries to work towards a better solution, and uses the term ‘interculturalism’ to represent that solution.

Keywords: Europe, multiculturalism, assimilation, government, interculturalism

Suggested Citation

Bezunartea, Patricia and Carrera, Sergio and Choudhury, Tufyal and Hieronymus, Andreas and Koutroubas, Theodoros and Van Der Maas, Titia and Mühe, Nina and Parkin, Joanna and Rihoux, Benoît and Rodrigo, José Manuel López and Veldhuis, Tinka M. and Vloebergs, Ward and Yanasmayan, Zeynep, Interculturalism: Europe and its Muslims in Search of Sound Societal Models (June 8, 2011). Patricia Bezunartea, Sergio Carrera, Tufyal Choudhury, Andreas Hieronymus, Theodoros Koutroubas, Titia Van Der Maas, Nina Mühe, Joanna Parkin, Benoît Rihoux, José Manuel López Rodrigo, Tinka M. Veldhuis, Ward Vloebergs, Zeynep Yanasmayan, INTERCULTURALISM: EUROPE AND ITS MUSLIMS IN SEARCH OF SOUND . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1898662

Patricia Bezunartea (Contact Author)

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Sergio Carrera

Centre for European Policy Studies ( email )

1 Place du Congres
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Tufyal Choudhury

Durham University ( email )

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Durham, Durham DH1 3HP
United Kingdom

Andreas Hieronymus

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Theodoros Koutroubas

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Titia Van Der Maas

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Nina Mühe

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Joanna Parkin

Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) ( email )

1 Place du Congres, 1000
Brussels, 1000
Belgium

Benoît Rihoux

affiliation not provided to SSRN

José Manuel López Rodrigo

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Tinka M. Veldhuis

Independent ( email )

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Ward Vloebergs

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Zeynep Yanasmayan

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