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Muslim Citizenship in Liberal Democracies

Civic and Political Participation in the West


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Mario Peucker
    Pages 1-7
  3. Mario Peucker
    Pages 9-42
  4. Mario Peucker
    Pages 143-199
  5. Mario Peucker
    Pages 201-235
  6. Mario Peucker
    Pages 237-266
  7. Mario Peucker
    Pages 267-286
  8. Mario Peucker
    Pages 287-301
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 303-315

About this book


This book explores Muslims’ civic and political participation in Australia and Germany, shedding light on their individual experiences, motives for, and personal implications of their multi-faceted engagement. Based on in-depth interviews with Muslims who have been active within a Muslim community context, mainstream civil society and the political arena, this comparative study reveals the enormous complexities and dynamics of active Muslim citizenship. The author paints a picture of Muslims as ‘almost ordinary’ citizens, who – despite experiences of stigmatisation and exclusion – often seek to contribute to the advancement of society and the promotion of social justice. Their civic engagement, even within a Muslim community context, builds intra- and cross-community networks, and contrary to widespread contestation of Islam and its place in the West, their faith is anything but a civic obstacle to their active citizenship agenda.

This book will be of interest to scholars and students in the fields of Sociology, Politics, Islamic Studies, Sociology of Religion and Political Participation.


Islam citizenship identity sociology politics Germany Australia political integration social capital belonging marginalization identity political sociology

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Victoria UniversityCentre for Cultural Diversity and WellbeMelbourneAustralia

About the authors

Mario Peucker is Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Cultural Diversity and Wellbeing, Victoria University, Australia.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Muslim Citizenship in Liberal Democracies
  • Book Subtitle Civic and Political Participation in the West
  • Authors Mario Peucker
  • Series Title Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-31402-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-81032-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-31403-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 315
  • Number of Illustrations 10 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethnicity Studies
    Sociology of Religion
    Political Sociology
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