Multiculturalism and Islam

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The relationship between multiculturalism and Islam is an important aspect in the overall debate on the soundness of the modern doctrine of multiculturalism.

Debate on issues surrounding multiculturalism[edit]

Backlash against multicultural policies[edit]

In an article in the Hudson Review, Bruce Bawer, writes about what he sees as a developing distaste toward the idea and policies of multiculturalism in Europe, especially, as stated earlier, in the Netherlands, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Austria and Germany. The belief behind this backlash on multiculturalism is that it creates friction within society.[1]

Incompatibility with secular society[edit]

Incompatibility with secular society has been influenced by a stance against multiculturalism advocated by recent philosophers, closely linked to the heritage of New Philosophers.[2] Fiery polemic on the subject by proponents like Pascal Bruckner[3] and Paul Cliteur has kindled international debate.[4]

Introduction of sharia in Western countries[edit]

In Canada, the possible introduction of sharia family courts became a contentious issue, and received much media attention.[5][6] London, UK is far more segregated on religious grounds than by race. 25% of London's seven million residents live in religiously segregated neighbourhoods.[7][8]

Suspicion towards Muslims[edit]

A survey showed that 18% in Britain think that "a large proportion of British Muslims feel no sense of loyalty to this country and are prepared to condone or even carry out acts of terrorism".[9] A TNS/Global poll showed that 31% in Britain would feel comfortable living next to a Muslim, this figure dropped to 21 percent after the 7/7 bombings in London.[10] There have also been notable tensions in Britain between established Muslim communities and newly arrived Eastern European immigrants.[11] A major attitude survey of teenagers in Flanders showed that 75% refuse to have a relationship with a black person, a Muslim, or an immigrant. Half want all immigration stopped, and 41% say they distrust anyone from another ethnic background.[12]


  1. ^ "Crisis in Europe"
  2. ^ Tariq Modood (2006-04-06). Multiculturalism, Muslims and Citizenship: A European Approach (1st ed.). Routledge. pp. 3, 29, 46. ISBN 978-0-415-35515-5. 
  3. ^ Pascal Bruckner - Enlightenment fundamentalism or racism of the anti-racists? originally appeared in German in the online magazine Perlentaucher on January 24, 2007.
  4. ^ Paul Cliteur, Moderne Papoea’s, Dilemma’s van een multiculturele samenleving, De Uitgeverspers, 2002
  5. ^ Will Canada introduce Sharia law?, BBC News, 26 August 2004.
  6. ^ Richard Fidler, 2006. Ontario's "Sharia Law" Controversy: How Muslims Were Hung Out to Dry.
  7. ^ "London's neighbourhoods 'segregated by religion'". Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Britain 'sleepwalking to segregation'". the Guardian. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  9. ^ Daily Telegraph. Islam poses a threat to the West, say 53% in poll. 25 August 2006.
  10. ^ metrowebukmetro. "Muslims increasingly distrusted". Metro. Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  11. ^ "Home -- The Press Newspaper - The Intelligent Weekly". Retrieved 18 March 2015. 
  12. ^ Meeste Vlaamse jongeren afkerig van buitenlanders, Trouw, 2 October 2006.

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