Islam and Multicultural Societies: A Transatlantic Comparison

  • Jocelyne Cesari


As Westerners, and whether we like it or not, we are henceforth, as Nathan Glazer has stated, all multicultural, a point we must surely acknowledge.1 The multicultural nature of Europe’s national communities is a recent phenomenon connected with the sedentarization of those waves of immigrants who settled in Europe following the World War II, and which all shared the common characteristic of coming from non-European, mainly Islamic, cultures. In the United States, the issue of cultural differences and their political management has not been associated with the integration of different immigrant groups, but rather with the black community’s progress toward emancipation. Indeed, it should be remembered that until the 1960s, the United States were dominated by a logic of immigrant assimilation and a further logic of racial segregation of blacks descended from slaves. The civil emancipation of blacks from the 1960s onward caused a radical shift in this situation, clearing the way for recognition of all forms of cultural, ethnic, and sexual differences.


Individual Freedom Race Relation Multicultural Society Parliamentary Election Civil Religion 
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