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Mosques in the Metropolis

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Elisabeth Becker
Paperback, 288 pages


Incivility, Caste, and Contention in Europe


Mosques in the Metropolis offers a unique look into two of Europe’s largest mosques and the communities they support. Elisabeth Becker provides a complex picture of Islam in Europe at a particularly fraught time, shedding light on both experiences of deep and enduring marginalization and the agency of Muslim populaces. She balances individual Muslim voices with the historical and structural forces at play, revealing, in all their complexity, the people for whom the mosques are centers of religion and community life. As her interlocutors come to life in the pages, the metropolis emerges as a space alternative to the nation in which they can contend with degrading images of Islam and Muslims. Ultimately Becker insists that caste is a crucial lens through which to view Muslims in Europe, and through this lens she critiques what she perceives as the failures of European pluralism. To amplify her point, she brings Jewish history and twentieth-century Jewish thought into the conversation directly, drawing on scholars such as Walter Benjamin, Zygmunt Bauman, and Hannah Arendt to describe both Jewish and Muslim life and marginality. By challenging Eurocentric notions, from “progress” to “civility,” “tolerance” to “freedom” and “equality, what is at stake, Becker insists, is the possibility of a truly plural Europe.


Preface: Spirit Meeting Stone
1. The European Metropolis: Where Doors and Walls Meet
2. Caste, or the Order of Things Defied
3. Kaaba in Papier-Mâché: Inside the Şehitlik Mosque
4. Ordinary Angels: Şehitlik Mosque and the Metropolis
5. Messianic Horizon: Inside the East London Mosque
6. Hope, Interrupted: The East London Mosque and the Metropolis
7. Unsettled Europe: On the Threshold of Remembrance
Afterword: The Memory of Trees