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The role of Balkan Muslims in building a European Islam

25 November 2005


The likely accession of a number of new Balkan Member States to the European Union in the years ahead will bring some predominantly Muslim countries into the EU and nearly double its Muslim population. This Issue Paper, by Xavier Bougarel, examines the history and nature of the Muslim communities in the Balkans, and assesses the relationship between Balkan Islam and the Muslim world and the place the former occupies in the emerging pan-European Islamic public space. It also considers the likely impact of Turkish entry into the EU on the development of Balkan Islam and a European Islam.

The role of Balkan Muslims in building a European Islam