EU475      Half Unit
Muslims in Europe

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Esra Ozyurek Baer COW 2.08


This course is available on the MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in EU Politics, MSc in EU Politics (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation, MSc in European Studies: Ideas, Ideologies and Identities, MSc in European Studies: Ideas, Ideologies and Identities (LSE and Sciences Po), MSc in History of International Relations, MSc in Religion in the Contemporary World and MSc in Theory and History of International Relations. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

Muslims are a well established minority in Europe, constituting approximately 5% of the European population. This course embraces an anthropological approach focuses on diverse experiences of Muslims in different West European countries, such as the UK, Germany, France where they came as migrants, and in East European countries, such as Bulgaria and Bosnia, where they are indigenous populations. We will especially focus on how Muslim life is heavily shaped by questions fundamental to European politics such as secularism, citizenship, racism, and gender relations. The last section of the class will be devoted to transnational connections Muslim communities in Europe have with Muslim communities outside Europe.


20 hours of seminars in the LT. 2 hours of seminars in the ST.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the LT.

Indicative reading

Brown, Wendy. 2008, Regulating Aversion: Tolerance in the Age of Identity and Empire; Balibar, Etienne. 1991, Is There a ‘Neo-Racism’?; Stolcke, Verena. 1995, Talking Culture: New Boundaries; Shryock, Andrew. 2010, Islamophobia/Islamophilia: Beyond the Politics of Enemy and FriendNorton, Anne. 2013, On the Muslim Question; Scott, Joan. 2009, The Politics of the Veil; Bunzl, Matti. 2005, Between Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia: Some Thoughts on the New Europe; Laurence, Jonathan. 2012, Emancipating Muslims. Ozyurek, Esra. 2014,      Being German, Becoming Muslim: Race, Religion and Conversion in Contemporary Germany.         


Exam (60%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Essay (40%, 3000 words) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2014/15: 30

Average class size 2014/15: 15

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication