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Level 7

7AAH3015 The Making of Muslims in Europe: Empire, Immigration, Citizenship

Credit value: 20
Module convenor/tutor 2019/20: Mr AbdoolKarim Vakil
Teaching pattern: 10 x 2-hour weekly seminars
Availability: Please see module list for relevant year
Assessment: 1 x 4,000-word essay


Students are reassessed in the failed elements of assessment and by the same methods as the first attempt 

The modules offered in each academic year are subject to change in line with staff availability and student demand: there is no guarantee every module will run. Module descriptions and information may vary between years.

This module offers a historical and critical perspective on the making of the contemporary Muslim Question in Europe. In essence it does three things:

  • it places the making of the Muslim Question in the history of both the relations between European states and their Muslim populations from colonial subjecthood, through immigration regimes to postcolonial citizenship, and of the geopolitics of inter-national and transnational articulations and politics of imperial, nation state and European formations
  • it takes a critical and comparative approach to the making of the Muslim Question in relation to the other (Jewish, Woman, Nationalities, Colour, Religious) ‘Questions’, their contexts, framings, and politics;
  • it proposes a genealogical and critical historiographical reflection on the emergence of the Muslim subject, Muslim subjectivities and political identities, and the writing of the history of Muslims in Europe and its spatial contexts.   

Provisional teaching plan

Immigrants into Muslims: Approaches to the Study of the History of Muslims in Europe

  • 1. Where do “Muslims” come from?: A genealogy of the “Muslim Question”

European Colonial Empires, Muslim Policies and Governmentality

  • 2. “Religion”, Ethnicity and Colonial Forms of Knowledge and Intelligence
  • 3. Imperial Hubs, Colonial Governance and   transnational articulations of Muslimhood
  • 4. The Wilsonian Moment: Colonial Conscripts, Pan-Islamic Anxieties and Nationalism

Settlers, Immigrants, Citizens: Community Formation and Post-colonial Governance

  • 5. ‘The Muslimwoman’: Between colonial and postcolonial figurations
  • 6. Immigrants to Muslims: Mobilisation, contestation and the politics of identity and recognition     
  • 7. Race, Ethnicity and Religion: Muslims, Racialisation and the shifting contexts of Race and Faith
  • 8. The Making of the New “Muslim Question”: Multiculturalism, Moral Panics and the politics of Securitisation

Europe, Europeanization and the construction of ‘Muslim Minorities’

  • 9. ‘The Muslimmakers?’: States, Churches and the Religious Accommodation of Muslims in Europe 
  • 10. Good Muslims, Bad Muslims: Nation States and Muslim policies
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