With new topics and contributions, this updated second edition discusses the history and contemporary presence of Islam in Europe and America. The book debates the relevance and multi-faceted participation of Muslims in the dynamics of Western societies, challenging the changing perception on both sides.

Collating over 30 chapters, written by experts from around the world, the volume presents a wide range of perspectives. Case studies from the Muslim presence in the Iberian Peninsula between the Middle Ages and the modern age set off the Handbook, along with an outline of Muslims in America up to the twentieth century. The second part covers concepts around new conditions in terms of consolidating identities, the emergence of new Muslim actors, the appearance of institutions and institutional attitudes, the effects of Islamic presence on the arts and landscapes of the West, and the relational dynamics like ethics and gender.

Exploring the influence of Islam, particularly its impact on society, culture and politics, this interdisciplinary volume is a key resource for policymakers, academics and students interested in the history of Islam, religion and the contemporary relationship between Islam and the West.

chapter |18 pages


Historical legacies and contemporary issues for a global umma
ByRoberto Tottoli

part I|178 pages


part 1.1|34 pages

Medieval steps

chapter 1|13 pages

Al-Andalus and the West

ByAlejandro García-Sanjuán

chapter 2|19 pages

Muslims in medieval Sicily and southern Italy

ByRichard Engl, Theresa Jäckh

part 1.2|64 pages

Towards a modern and contemporary age

chapter 3|16 pages

The converted Muslims of Spain

Morisco cultural resistance and engagement with Islamic knowledge (1502–1610)
ByMercedes García-Arenal

chapter 4|16 pages

The Muslims in South-Eastern Europe

From Ottoman subjects to European citizens
ByNathalie Clayer

chapter 5|16 pages

Muslims in Christian-ruled Europe, fifteenth to nineteenth century

ByDavid Do Paço

chapter 6|14 pages

Islam in America: the beginnings

ByKambiz GhaneaBassiri

part 1.3|78 pages

The 20th century

chapter 7|16 pages

Transformations in “Muslim” claims and collective mobilization efforts in Western Europe

ByBrigitte Maréchal, Ghaliya Djelloul

chapter 8|14 pages

Black Muslims

ByHerbert Berg

chapter 10|17 pages

Islam in Mexico and Central America

ByMark Lindley-Highfield of Ballumbie Castle

chapter 11|13 pages

Islam and Muslims in South America

ByPaulo G. Pinto

part II|334 pages


part 2.1|60 pages


chapter 12|16 pages

Emergence of Western Muslim identity

Factors, agents and discourses
ByAdis Duderija

chapter 13|14 pages

Islam in diaspora: the Australian case

ByHalim Rane

chapter 14|16 pages

The multicultural idea and Western Muslims

ByAnna Triandafyllidou

chapter 15|12 pages

Islamic sectarianism in the West

ByLiyakat Takim

part 2.2|70 pages

New Muslim actors

chapter 16|12 pages

Sufi Western Islam: the Muslim Latin American landscape

BySilvia Montenegro

chapter 17|14 pages

Western Salafism

Socialization, politicization and globalization
ByMohamed-Ali Adraoui

chapter 18|14 pages

Conversion to Islam in modern Western Europe and the United States

ByPatrick D. Bowen

chapter 19|13 pages

Islamic knowledge in Europe

Where does it come from? Transformation as a structural condition
ByStefano Allievi

chapter 20|15 pages

Islam, universal Sufism, counterculture movements and traditional Sufi networks

ByFrancesco Alfonso Leccese

part 2.3|76 pages


chapter 21|12 pages

Shari‘a Courts and Councils in the West

ByAshleigh Barbe-Winter, Adam Possamai

chapter 22|14 pages

The European Council for Fatwa and Research

Ideology, methodology and impact
ByUriya Shavit

chapter 23|17 pages

The American ‘ulama' and the public sphere

ByTimur Yuskaev, Harvey Stark

chapter 24|15 pages

Islamic education in the West

ByJenny Berglund

chapter 25|16 pages

The political integration of Muslims in Western politics

ByEren Tatari, Nicole Dunn

part 2.4|56 pages

Landscapes and arts

chapter 26|15 pages

Muslim art and architecture in the West

ByEric R. Roose

chapter 27|13 pages

Muslims and popular culture in the United States

ByHussein Rashid

chapter 28|13 pages

A new Muslim youth culture

ByPam Nilan

chapter 29|13 pages

Muslim material culture

Western perspectives and global markets
ByJohan Fischer

part 2.5|70 pages

Dynamics and relations

chapter 30|13 pages

Western Islamophobia

The origins of a concept
BySindre Bangstad

chapter 31|18 pages

Ethical questions in Western Islamic experience

ByFrancesca Forte

chapter 32|20 pages

Gender, feminism and critique in American Muslim thought

ByJuliane Hammer, Micah A. Hughes

chapter 33|17 pages

Development and perspectives of Islamic economics in the West

Banking and finance
ByGian Maria Piccinelli