Europe's Angry Muslims: The Revolt of the Second Generation

ISBN : 9780190275419

Robert S. Leiken
400 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jan 2016
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Bombings in London, riots in Paris, terrorists in Germany, fury over mosques, veils and cartoons-such headlines underscore the tensions between Muslims and their European hosts. Did too much immigration, or too little integration, produce Muslim second-generation anger? Is that rage imported or spawned inside Europe itself? What do the conflicts between Muslims and their European hosts portend for an America encountering its own angry Muslims? Europe's Angry Muslims traces the routes, expectations and destinies of immigrant parents and the plight of their children, transporting both the general reader and specialist from immigrants' ancestral villages to their strange new-fangled enclaves in Europe. It guides readers through Islamic nomenclature, chronicles the motive force of the Islamist narrative, offers them lively portraits of jihadists (a convict, a convert, and a community organizer) takes them inside radical mosques and into the minds of suicide bombers. The author interviews former radicals and security agents, examines court records and the sermons of radical imams and draws on a lifetime of personal experience with militant movements to present an account of the explosive fusion of Muslim immigration, Islamist grievance and second-generation alienation. Robert Leiken shines an unsentimental and yet compassionate light on Islam's growing presence in the West, combining in-depth reporting with cutting-edge and far-ranging scholarship in an engaging narrative that is both moving and mordant. Leiken's nuanced and authoritative analysis-historical, sociological, theological and anthropological-warns that "conflating rioters and Islamists, folk and fundamentalist Muslims, pietists and jihadis, immigrants and their children is the method of strategic incoherence-'in the night all cats are black.'"


Prologue ix

Part One


1. Europe's First Angry Muslim 3

2. A French Intifada? 17

3. A French Revolt 37

Part Two


4. A User's Guide 61

5. The Outside 77

6. The Unwanted 91

7. Angles of Aggregation 103

Part Three


8. Ghost Towns 117

9. Cousins 139

10. The Lords of Londonistan 151

11. The Life and Loves of a Suicide Bomber 189

Part Four


12. Germany's Hot Summer 219

13. Germany's Young Turks 237

Part Five


14. Figures in the Carpet 261

Acknowledgments 271

Notes 275

Glossary 327

Index 337

XIV. Figures in the Carpet

About the author: 

Robert S. Leiken is a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. His commentaries have appeared in the major American newspapers and his reports and essays in Foreign Affairs, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, Foreign Policy, The Times Literary Supplement, Commentary, Washington Post Outlook, The Los Angeles Sunday Times and The Political Science Quarterly.

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