Religious Misperceptions: The Case of Muslims and Christians in France and Britain (Stephen Croucher
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Title: Religious Misperceptions
Sub-title: The Case of Muslims and Christians in France and Britain
Author(s): Stephen Croucher, Daniel Cronn-Mills
Publish Date: April 2011
|In the wake of numerous historical and current geopolitical, social and economic events/tragedies, misunderstandings have emerged and proliferated about Islam and Christianity. Inadequate media coverage, lack of interpersonal understanding/knowledge, and deep-seeded prejudices have led to the communication of various misconceptions. These misconceptions have ranged from how Islam and Christianity began, to confusion over how and even if governments and society should protect the rights of religious groups.
This book provides a glimpse into how misperceptions between Muslims and Christians in France and Britain perpetuate interpersonal and societal conflicts. Through the use of in-depth interviews and statistical analysis, Muslims and Christians express their experiences. Christians explain how they perceive Islam changing the very nature of Europe. Furthermore, Christians assert this change is something Christian Europe should resist. Muslims, on the other hand, see Europe as an unwelcoming home that expects them to change and become Europeans but does not understand their faith or heritage. Readers will find vivid descriptions from respondents of their experiences from living as a Muslim or a Christian in a Europe going through what many consider an identity shift.
Contents: Preface, Eric Mark Kramer. INTRODUCTION. Method of Data Collection. Limitations of the Study. Why Care About Islam in Europe. Book Structure. FRANCE AND ISLAM: HISTORICAL INTERACTIONS AND CURRENT POLITICAL LANDSCAPE. Historical Interactions. Current Situation. Changing French Landscape. RECOGNITION OF RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES IN FRENCH PUBLIC SCHOOLS. Muslim Arguments About Religion in Schools. Christian Arguments About Religion in Schools. BUILDING OF MOSQUES IN FRANCE. Christian Arguments About the Building of Mosques in France. CHANGING NOTIONS OF CULTURE AND RELIGION IN FRANCE. Muslim Feelings About French Culture and Islam. Christian Feelings About French Culture, Islam and Christianity. BRITAIN AND ISLAM: HISTORICAL INTERACTIONS AND CURRENT POLITICAL SITUATION. Historical Interactions. Indian Subcontinent. Current Political Situation: Immigration Policy. RELIGION IN BRITISH SCHOOLS: A BENIGN SITUATION? Christian Responses to Religious Education in British Schools. Muslim Responses to Religious Education in British Schools. Hijabs in Britain. MOSQUES ON BRITISH SOIL: EXPANSION AND TENSION. POLITICAL, COMMUNICATIVE, CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS RAMIFICATIONS. Preconceived and Unsubstantiated Stereotypes/Prejudices. Open Discussion of Different. Fostering of Dialogue. Appendixes. Notes. References. Author Index. Subject Index.