EU475      Half Unit
Muslims in Europe

This information is for the 2018/19 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 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. During the course, students will do an interview with a European Muslim and write a paper that analyses the interview in relation to one or more topics covered in class, and prepare a final essay on one of the topics covered in class.


20 hours of seminars in the LT.

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.  Weekly response papers to readings. 

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.         


Essay (60%, 3000 words) in the ST.
Other (40%) in the LT.

Other assessment worth 40% is an interview project (2000 word report plus 1500 word transcript as appendix).

Key facts

Department: European Institute

Total students 2017/18: 28

Average class size 2017/18: 14

Controlled access 2017/18: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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