EU475      Half Unit
Muslims in Europe

This information is for the 2017/18 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 & Sciences Po), MSc in Empires, Colonialism and Globalisation, MSc in Global Europe: Culture and Conflict, MSc in Global Europe: Culture and Conflict (LSE & Sciences Po), MSc in History of International Relations, MSc in International Migration and Public Policy, MSc in Social Anthropology (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.During the course the students will do an interview with a European Muslim that focuses on one of the issues covered during the course and prepare a final research paper using that that interview as a case study.


20 hours of seminars in the LT. 1 hour of seminars in the ST.

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

Formative coursework

Preparatory interview with another student in class and analysis of the interview Poster in preparation for the research paper.

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.         


Coursework (60%, 3000 words) and research project (40%) in the LT.

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2016/17: 30

Average class size 2016/17: 15

Controlled access 2016/17: 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