In view of the growing influence of religion in public life on the national and international scenes, Muslim Diaspora in the West constitutes a timely contribution to scholarly debates and a response to concerns raised in the West about Islam and Muslims within diaspora. It begins with the premise that diasporic communities of Islamic cultures, while originating in countries dominated by Islamic laws and religious practices, far from being uniform, are in fact shaped in their existence and experiences by a complex web of class, ethnic, gender, religious and regional factors, as well as the cultural and social influences of their adopted homes.Within this context, this volume brings together work from experts within Europe and North America to explore the processes that shape the experiences and challenges faced by migrants and refugees who originate in countries of Islamic cultures. Presenting the latest research from a variety of locations on both sides of The Atlantic, Muslim Diaspora in the West addresses the realities of diasporic life for self-identified Muslims, addressing questions of integration, rights and equality before the law, and challenging stereotypical views of Muslims. As such, it will appeal to scholars with interests in race and ethnicity, cultural, media and gender studies, and migration.Contents: Introduction, Haideh Moghissi; Part I Women’s Agency Within Intersection of Discourses: Culturalist approach of women’s emancipation in the Netherlands, Halleh Ghorashi; Globalization and women’s leadership in the Muslim diaspora: an intersectional analysis, Fauzia Erfan Ahmed; Emergence of a transnational Muslim feminist consciousness among women in the WENAAZ (Western Europe, North America, Australia & New Zealand) context, Cassandra Balchin. Part II Shifting Notions of Sexuality and Family in Diaspora: Multiculturalism and religious legislation in Sweden, Anne Sofie Roald; Iranians in Britain, Vida Nassehi-Behnam; Changing spousal relations in diaspora: Muslims in Canada, Haideh Moghissi; Sexing diaspora: negotiating sexuality in shifting cultural landscape, Fataneh Farahani. Part III Reflections on Islamic Positionings of Youth in Diaspora: Styles of religious practice: Muslim youth cultures in Europe, Thijl Sunier; The struggle to stay on the middle ground: the radicalization of Muslims in Sweden, David Thurfjell; Young French women of Muslim descent: discriminatory social context and politicization, Sepideh Farkhondeh. Part IV Diasporic Space and Locating Space: Making homes in turbulent times: Moroccan-Dutch Muslims contesting dominant discourses of belonging, Marjo Buitelaar and Femke Stock; Understanding Dutch Islam: exploring the relationship of Muslims with the state and the public sphere in the Netherlands, Martijn de Koning; Between Iraq and a hard place: Iraqis in diaspora, Jacqueline Ismael and Shereen Ismael; Conclusion, Halleh Ghorashi; Index.About the Editor: Haideh Moghissi is Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at York University, TorontoSource:Ashgate