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This article argues that successful integration of Muslim immigrants in Europe is the ticket for Turkey's accession to the European Union. European attitudes and policies as well as the tendencies of the Muslim community in Europe are analyzed and a road map for Euro-Islamic integration is advocated.  The critical importance of secularism in Europe is underlined and means to bridge the civilizations are explored.What is Europe? What is Islam? Can both be related to one another? These questions are asked today with regard to two issue areas, firstly, Islamic migration to the EU and secondly, Turkey’s bid for accession to the EU. There is a clear link between both. What is the answer? If one is free of essentialist approaches then one is challenged to view all issues as being in flux. Europe and the world of Islam are no exceptions in their changing identities. This is the point of departure...Please click here to read the text in full.

 

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Bassam Tibi
Bassam Tibi
From the Desk of the Editor Since the founding of the Turkish Republic, competing conceptions of Turkish identity have existed. Among many examples, the role of Islam has been contested, Kurdish and Turkish nationalisms have clashed, and various identity-based movements have ebbed and flowed, shaping political cleavages. National identity contestation has also spilled over into Turkey’s relationship with its Western...
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