September 07, 2006

Building a sustainable response to Islamic extremism in Europe and beyond.

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How can we resolve the tensions between the different communities in Europe in the light of the growing threat from Islamic extremists, sometimes dubbed the ‘Enemy Within’?

H. A. Hellyer is a policy analyst, academic and commentator, based at the University of Warwick as an Associate Fellow, the American University in Cairo as a Visiting Professor and Trinity College in Dublin as a Senior Research Fellow. His research interests include European Muslim communities, the interplay between Islam and modernity, European social policy and political philosophy. In his latest book on European Muslims (due to be published by IB Tauris in March 2007 under the title of ’’Islam in Europe: Multiculturalism and the European ‘Other’), he argues that Europe must come to terms with all of her history, past and present, and that Muslim communities should work to be integral to, rather than simply ‘integrated’ parts of, Europe. His new website will be at www.europeanother.com.

Podcast Summary:

Is there an enemy within
Who has responsibility for tackling extremism
Are we talking to the right people
Is this the death of the multicultural vision
Does describing the situation as a ‘war’ help
What is meant by integral Islam
What are the risks of a narrow vision of Britain
What should the long term strategy be


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