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Europe's Muslim Communities

  • When
  • December 16, 2009
    8:15 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (EST)
  • Where
  • Open Society European Policy Institute
    Square de Meeûs 5-6
    Brussels, 1000

The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the Open Society Institute-Brussels present a double launch event of the following publications:

  • Muslims in Europe: A report on 11 EU Cities: Shared Experiences of Diverse Communities, a new report from OSI
  • Ethno-Religious Conflict in Europe: Typologies of Radicalisation in Europe's Muslim Communities, in paperback from CEPS

Muslims in Europe examines local government policies and practices in 11 EU cities to determine their effectiveness in achieving meaningful integration of Muslims. This body of work comes in response to major trends with regards to Muslims living in Europe.

Whether citizens or migrants, native born or newly arrived, Muslims are a growing and varied population that presents Europe with one of its greatest challenges, namely how to ensure equal rights for all in a climate of rapidly expanding diversity.  Based on direct, indepth interviews with Muslim and non-Muslim residents in 11 comparable cities, the report describes the daily  experiences and the ways in which residents interact with their city, neighbors, local government, and others—and how the cities engage with and consult its Muslim and minority residents. Critically, the reports also put forth concrete recommendations on how to strengthen integration at the local, national and EU levels. More information can be found on the At Home in Europe Project website.

Ethno-Religious Conflict in Europe addresses the greatest source of societal tensions and violent conflict in contemporary Europe, involving people from minority groups of Muslim culture. Six country case studies—on Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain, Russia and the United Kingdom—give a comprehensive account of Islam-related tensions and violence, from the jihadist terrorist acts seen in Europe in the aftermath of 9/11 in the U.S., through to the urban riots of the type seen in France in 2005.

Also included is an interpretation of the fundamental nature of the Islamist terrorism in Europe, with the outline of a strategy to repel it. The book is a unique source for those seeking to understand the nature of ethno-religious violence in contemporary Europe.


  • Tufyal Choudhury, Durham Law School, University of Durham and Senior Policy Advisor, OSI At Home in Europe Project
  • Dilwar Hussain, Policy Research Centre, The Islamic Foundation, Markfield, England; Leicester researcher for OSI At Home in Europe Project
  • Nina Mühe, Berlin, Berlin researcher for OSI At Home in Europe Project
  • Michael Emerson, Senior Fellow and Head of the Neighbourhood Policy Unit, Centre for European Studies (CEPS)


To register, please visit the CEPS website.


Center for European Policy Studies
Place du Congrès 1, 1000 Brussels

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