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Europe's Angry Muslims: The Revolt of The Second Generation 1st Edition

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"[Leiken] writes with eloquence, bringing to life the grim realities of the French banlieues and of the back-to-back houses of immigrant families in Leeds."-The Economist

"Leiken provides a historical, ethnic and socioeconomic context that identifies important differences as opposed to empty generalities. Both well written and researched-a valuable contribution to an ongoing discussion." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Timely and provocative, this is an important addition to the literature on Islamic terrorism." -Publisher's Weekly

"Leiken discusses Islamophobia and the extent to which Jihadist 'outsiders' manipulate those subjected to it for their own purposes, and emphasizes the need to distinguish between genuine Islamist political agitation and other forms of civil disobedience more rooted in socioeconomic tension."-Middle East Journal

"Leiken supports his anecdotal observations with the weight of academic and empirical studies, resulting in an immensely readable account that is also authoritative." -- Literary Review

"Robert Leiken has a long record of sober, empirical and deep analysis in a field that is often clouded by ideological biases. Europe's Angry Muslims demonstrates all of Leiken's strengths and is a welcome addition to our understanding of a problem that is likely to deepen over time. Essential reading." -Peter Bergen

"Robert Leiken's penetrating research and highly readable prose have brought alive some of the most dangerous terrorists Europe has seen. He uses their stories brilliantly to show us what their experiences do-and, importantly, what they do not-tell us about immigration and assimilation. 'Angry Muslims' recounts bleak tales of the recent past, to be sure, but Leiken's analysis leaves open the way to a more positive future." -Christopher Dickey, Newsweek

"Europe's Angry Muslims documents, in a particularly vivid way, the evolution of immigrant communities in Europe and the enormously diverse impacts of the varied counter terrorism strategies pursued by Britain, France and Germany. An important contribution to understanding one of the greatest challenges to democracy today." -Francis Fukuyama, Stanford University

"This balanced book combines first hand reporting, based on interviews of former radicals, scrutiny of court records, historical background, and cutting-edge analysis to capture the complex phenomenon of European Islam."--The New Statesman

"Never before has a book conveyed more hard-headedly how unwanted the Muslim migration to Britain was-and remains-by almost all parties, the newcomers not excepted.The poignant consequences for the typical immigrant's children are laid out by Leiken with literary skill." --The New Republic

"While learning about new worlds from Leiken's research, beware the unexpected turns; Europe's Angry Muslims is a troubling book to consume, for many reasons." ---Christian Science Monitor

"Part political scientist, part feature writer, Leiken paints an engaging portrait of European Muslim life. This is the greatest strength of Europe's Angry Muslims." --Standpoint

"Robert S. Leiken presents an engaging study of Muslims in Europe. The author, who defines himself as a 'connoisseur of slums,' takes us inside some of Europe's most notorious Muslims enclaves." --Arab News

The multiculturalist literature, with its tendency to pigeonhole people by culture, often fails to acknowledge the sheer diversity of this increasingly mixed-up world. More than ever, that must include the diversity to be found inside a single human skin, mind, and heart. These are not just 'immigrants.' Increasingly, they are people 'with a migration background,' as the German government classifies them, or 'postmigrants,' in Robert S. Leiken's snappier phraseology." --New York Review of Books

"[Leiken] is a wide-ranging, freethinking scholar... who lets his conclusions fall where they may, apparently without regard to intellectual trendiness or easily labeled political ideology."-Christian Science Monitor

"To call it a 'popular account' would capture how good a read the book is, but would scarcely capture the depth of the research he brings to bear on these questions."
-John R. Bowen, author of Why the French Don't Like Headscarves: Islam, the State, and Public Space

About the Author

Robert S. Leiken has been a Senior Fellow at Harvard's Center for International Affairs, the Carnegie Endowment, CSIS, and the Brookings Institution and director of the Immigration Program at The Center for the National Interest. His commentaries have appeared in many major U.S newspapers; his essays in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The National Interest, The Weekly Standard and The Times Literary Supplement. He has authored books on immigration, Central America, and Soviet strategy. He is presently writing a memoir.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (December 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195328973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195328974
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.3 x 6.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #685,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Abe Krieger on June 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm astounded that mine is the first review here, although the book has been available for 6 months. If the goal of a non-fiction is to teach a great deal on a particular topic of interest, this may be the best book that I've read in years. And the subject is one that should be important to everyone: Muslims and why they are angry. The author dissects the subject by country, explaining how which Muslims came from where and settled in select parts of European countries. He explains why so many have been radicalized despite influences from Western cultures. He explains why England's Muslims are angrier than France's despite the fact that France is less accommodating. And so much more.

Why should Americans care about radicalized Muslims in the suburbs of London? Because they are the ones who are most likely to fly planes into our buildings, more so than Muslims from Syria, Iraq or Iran. And they are the ones that the Muslims communities here interact with.

Again, an extremely well researched, well written book on an important topic.
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I have read a number of books lately concerning Islam, the history of Islamic expansion, and the danger posed to Western culture by Islamic aspirations for conquest. As I read Dr. Leiken's book: Europe's Angry Muslims, I started to notice something different. The book is impressively informative and would seem to be indisputably accurate, if for no other reason than Dr. Leiken's use of several hundreds of cited sources . Dr. Leiken draws parallels using the UK, France and Germany. He provides extensive explanations of each country's method of governing their former colonies. He goes on to provide each country's history with Islamic immigration. And he shows how each country's method of governing colonies affects their approaches to governing their homelands now. With all these connections in place, he then shows how each country regards, and is regarded by, its Islamic population.

What I found so refreshing was that nowhere does Dr. Leiken draw a conclusion, take a position, advance a judgement, or otherwise insert his own feelings into the matter. It is an authentic example of "no spin". Bravo! So that's what anthropology is supposed to be like.

Dr. Leiken's final sentence is a beautifully phrased and mildly administered rebuke to those who would write polemics and call them factual analyses. It is as follows:

"Nuance, specifity, and complexity rank as outsiders in a political culture that rewards partisanship, a media that reduces complex stories to "sound bites", an academy that merchandizes what it calls "theory", agenda-driven foundations and a think-tank world where policy often precedes, or even precludes, research. So take away, please, dear reader, a mind for patient and concrete analysis as a condition for policy and action.
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Excellent historical review. Bogs down a bit with unfamiliar Arab names (to a certain extent unavoidable). The differences between certain European countries, and their historical attitudes toward assimilation, tolerance of nonassimilation, and the outcomes is minatory for the US.
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This book is deeply nuanced, thought-provoking and well-considered. Anyone interested in understanding the social location of young Muslim radicals in Europe today needs this research as a lesson. The two most important books in understanding the historical evolution of contemporary radicalism are this and Ignatieff's Lesser Evil, as far as I've come across. Required reading for post-Paris scholarship on ISIS and religious fanaticism.
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In these days of political correctness on the Left and mindless nostalgia on the Right, it’s rare to find a political analysis that combines rational analysis, factual accuracy, and a measure of sympathy for history’s victims.
Robert Leiken went from Long Island public schools to Deerfield Academy in MA, and on to an M.A. from Harvard and a PhD from Oxford. He worked and wrote about his experience as a community organizer in Boston when the city was nearly torn apart by conflict over judicially mandated school integration, i.e. bussing. Along with all but the most biased and brain-dead he took the side of we on the Left who supported school integration. But in the mid 1980’s he seems to have taken an interest in how well political reform can work by researching and writing on the Sandinista administration in Nicaragua. This was about the time when we on the Left in the U.S. were so delighted by the downfall of the Somoza dictatorship that we took for granted that the Sandinistas could hardly fail to change things for the better. Leiken’s reports, however, suggested that the new regime was hardly better than the old, was rife with corruption and violence and was as dependent on Soviet support as the dictatorship had been on American. No surprise, he was quickly denounced by leftist writers . Leftist retribution hardly wavered after a free and fair Nicaraguan election held in 1990 repudiated the Sandinistas in favor of a centrist coalition led by Violeta Chamorro. So, reviled by the right, and left by the Left, he seemed to me to just the right kind of person to report honestly on the thorny issue of the conflict between Muslim immigrants and various European nations.
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