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Citizenship and the Political Integration of Muslims

The Relational Field of French Islam


About this book


This book explores the political integration of Muslims and Islam across contemporary democracies. The author focuses on France, a country in which the integration of Muslims is usually seen as being problematic and controversial, and which is struggling with both Islamic radicalisation on the one hand, and the new wave of extreme-right populism on the other. Whereas conventional approaches to the topic of the integration of Muslims in France have tended to focus on single methods and sources, such as demographic characteristics or cultural and economic resources, the 'field mixed-method approach' offered in this book allows for a more nuanced analysis. It sheds new light on the interactive dynamics between policy processes, the role of key meso-level actors such as movements and associations, and the political entrepreneurship of Muslims themselves within the overarching frame of French citizenship.

The book thus assesses the extent to which a broad set of interactions link Muslim French to the broader community of French citizens. It will be of interest to scholars and students with an interest in Political Sociology, Islamic Studies, Citizenship and European Politics.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.CEVIPOF (CNRS - UMR 7048)Sciences PoParisFrance

About the authors

Manlio Cinalli is Research Professor at CEVIPOF (CNRS - UMR 7048), Sciences Po Paris, France.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Citizenship and the Political Integration of Muslims
  • Book Subtitle The Relational Field of French Islam
  • Authors Manlio Cinalli
  • 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) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-137-31223-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-95375-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-137-31224-2
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXIV, 190
  • Number of Illustrations 10 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Religion
    Public Policy
    Ethnicity Studies
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“This timely study dissects the political integration of Muslim French citizens. Cinalli convincingly points at the policies and institutions of the French Republic  as setting opportunities and constraints for the very definition of citizenship.” (Donatella Della Porta, Scuola Normale Superiore, Italy)

“This must-read book focuses on concrete attitudes and behaviors as much as innovative theorizing. Exploiting a wealth of original data generated in various large-scale research projects, Cinalli offers us a fresh look at the relationship between citizenship and political integration.” (Marco Giugni, University of Geneva, Switzerland)

“This is a breakthrough book, with the most innovative thinking on citizenship and integration in over two decades. Cinalli has written an insightful analysis, including not simply new data but a comprehensive and fresh framework on integration.” (David Jacobson, University of South Florida, USA)