September 15, 2010

Muslim Networks and Movements in Western Europe

About the Report


In preparing this report, the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life sought the counsel and advice of scholars with expertise in Muslim groups and networks in Western Europe. Peter Mandaville, director of the Center for Global Studies and Professor of Government and Islamic Studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and a visiting fellow with the Pew Forum in 2009-10, served as the primary researcher for the project. Under Dr. Mandaville’s direction, the scholars prepared white papers and other materials summarizing their research findings. In August 2009, the Pew Forum convened a workshop in Washington, D.C., where the scholars presented their research and addressed questions and comments from other experts in attendance. Dr. Mandaville and the Pew Forum then used the prepared materials, as well as the best available scholarship and reporting on the topic, to draft the profiles of the groups that appear in this report.  We would like to extend special thanks to the scholars whose research formed the basis of the report:

Bekim Agai, Bonn University, Germany; Amel Boubekeur, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Ecole Normale Superieure, Paris; John Bowen, Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.; Alexandre Caeiro, Leiden University, The Netherlands; Dilwar Hussain, Policy Research Centre, Islamic Foundation, United Kingdom; Mara Leichtman, Michigan State University; Brigitte Maréchal, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium; Jørgen Nielsen, Copenhagen University, Denmark; Dietrich Reetz, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Germany; and Reinhard Schulze, University of Berne, Switzerland.

We also want to thank Hillel Fradkin of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Islam, Democracy and the Future of the Muslim World, Amaney Jamal of Princeton University, Jonathan Laurence of Boston College and the Brookings Institution, and Timothy Samuel Shah of the Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs at Boston University for their contributions to the conceptualization and development of the report. We would also like to acknowledge the research assistance of Christopher Anzalone, a doctoral student in Islamic Studies at McGill University.

Although the report was guided by the counsel of our advisers and consultants, the Pew Forum is solely responsible for the content of the report.

- Luis Lugo, Director, Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life

About the Report

This report was produced by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. The Pew Forum delivers timely, impartial information on issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs. The Pew Forum is a nonpartisan, nonadvocacy organization and does not take positions on policy debates. Based in Washington, D.C., the Pew Forum is a project of the Pew Research Center, which is funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts.

The report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals:

Primary Researcher
Peter Mandaville, Director, Center for Global Studies, and Professor of Government and Islamic Studies, George Mason University; Visiting Fellow 2009-10, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Luis Lugo, Director

Alan Cooperman, Associate Director, Research
David Masci, Senior Researcher
Elizabeth Podrebarac, Research Assistant

Sandra Stencel, Associate Director, Editorial
Diana Yoo, Graphic Designer
Tracy Miller, Editor
Hilary Ramp, Assistant Editor

Communications and Web Publishing
Erin O’Connell, Associate Director, Communications
Brian Bailey, Online Project Manager
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Pew Research Center
Andrew Kohut, President
Paul Taylor, Executive Vice President
Elizabeth Mueller Gross, Vice President
Scott Keeter, Director of Survey Research
Richard Wike, Associate Director, Pew Global Attitudes Project

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