The Origins of the Lega / Northern League in Italy

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I recently rediscovered this and am posting the full text online for the first time:

J. Laurence (1998) The Lega Nord and the Italian News Media, Cornell University


Essays: After Charlie Hebdo, Hyper Cacher & Lyon | Foreign Affairs | Slate | CNN

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  • “The Right Message: Marine Le Pen and the National Front are ready to seize the moment,” (8 January)

Essay: Tunisia, The Courage of Compromise | Reset DOC Italy

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Essay: A Historic Compromise in Tunisia? | Brookings Institution | The Economist

“…The birthplace of the Arab Spring offers a tantalizing third way toward Islamist participation in the democratic process: a Goldilocks outcome between Turkish majoritarianism and Egyptian militarism…” Click here to read the essay on Brookings UpFront. (Available here in Italiano).

The discussed the UpFront essay and its implications for European Islam in a posting, “Carthage, Rome and Beyond” by Erasmus. Click here to read.


Op-Ed: French Jihadism and Jewish Flight | Brookings

From “French Jihadism and Jewish Flight” by Jonathan Laurence (Brookings Institution, October 2014)


“…Currently home to Europe’s largest Muslim and Jewish communities, 2014 France will be remembered as the year that record numbers of French Muslims and Jews heeded the old populist call to ‘love it or leave it.’

… Unlike Germany, whose postwar vocation included “mastering the past,” French politics never fully digested the impact of the last century’s colonial and wartime history on the current political position of its minorities. As a result, Jews and Muslims in France feel more victimized by discrimination than any of their European brethren – despite the fact that Jewish and Muslim community organizations enjoy excellent access to policymakers….”

Click here to read the article  (October 2014)

Essay: The Berlin Republic in the 21st Century | Brookings

Center on the US and Europe, The Brookings Institution, No.55, June 2014

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In his latest US-Europe Analysis Paper, Jonathan Laurence discusses the major challenges facing Germany in its quest for a foreign and defense policy that can best complement its economic might. Download the paper here.

Article: The 21st-century impact of European Muslim minorities on ‘Official Islam’ in the Muslim-majority world

by Jonathan Laurence Philosophy & Social Criticism, May/June 2014, Vol. 40 No. 4-5

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The article argues that the growth of religious service provision directed at the Muslim diaspora in Europe has led to greater professionalization and pluralism within the Islam state in Muslim countries. Contemporary Muslim governments have claimed a monopoly over public prayer and religious education and have heavily invested in a network of infrastructure and services – the Islam state. The recent breakthrough of Islamist parties into governments in Turkey and across North Africa poses a challenge to the continued ‘civilian control’ over religion. What will become of the enormous Islamic Affairs ministries that Islamist parties have inherited – the hundreds of thousands of public servants of state Islam across the region, the tens of thousands of mosques and thousands of religious schools? Liberals demand the abolition of the Islam state because it violates the separation of religion and state; Islamists detest it for its repressive qualities. Despite progressive liberalization, governments in the past decade have not sought disestablishment, and have instead increased the resources and policing of state-run religion. I draw on the experience of Muslim governments in the competitive field of state–Islam relations in European countries to explain the modest beginnings of reform of the official religion apparatus in Muslim-majority countries.

Article available via Sage Publications.

Essay: Islam and the Left | Dissent Magazine | The Economist

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Jonathan’s article on the relationship of European social democratic parties with Muslim voters is featured in the Fall 2013 issue of Dissent Magazine.

Erasmus responded to the Dissent essay on The “Islam and the European Left.”

Essay: The Eurocrisis & The New Franco-German Rituals | The National Interest

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Click here to read Jonathan Laurence’s article about French-German relations in The National Interest (July 2013):

“The new Franco-German rituals—initial opposition followed by protracted negotiations and some concessions—help avoid creating moral hazard for debtor countries and has had a calming effect on international markets. One could describe Hollande’s approach as “altruistic misdirection.” Its effects are ultimately pro-European. Germany will continue to drag its feet—but it will do so while inching ever further away from its own nonstarters. These theatrical performances are not purely for domestic consumption. Germany’s “egotistical intransigence,” as French Socialists put it this spring, is good for Europe.”

Essay: Hollande Seeks Reset in Post-Arab Spring Maghreb | World Politics Review

Jonathan Laurence, World Politics Review, October 2012

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Click here to read the article in World Politics Review:

“The post-Arab Spring environment has created an opportunity for France to recast its ambitions in the region, and since taking office, Hollande has approached French relationships in North Africa on a smaller scale than Sarkozy but with greater precision.”


Essay: François Hollande and Algerian Independence | Foreign Policy

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France has never apologized for its treatment of colonial Algeria. Why not now?, Foreign Policy, July 5, 2012 (en français)

Essay: France’s Beef with Islam | Foreign Policy

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France’s Beef with IslamForeign, March 7, 2012

The Politics of Meat and Muslims in Election-Year France (interview), Christian Science, March 2, 2012


Princeton University Press (2012)

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2013 Hubert Morken Award for Best Book in Religion and Politics          American Political Science Association

2013 Award for Best Book in Migration and Citizenship                                                               - American Political Science Association

                                         2012 “Outstanding Academic Title”                                                - Choice (American Library Association)



“Perhaps the subtlest and most solidly researched analysis of European policies toward Islam… Laurence establishes firm ground for hope.” 

– Andrew Moravcsik, Foreign Affairs

• The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims . . . looks at the largely unnoticed ways in which European governments have begun to integrate Muslims and Muslim organisations into public life. . . . Relying on extensive research and a wide range of interviews, Mr Laurence has written an original and thought-provoking study.” 

– The Economist

“A study of European governments’ recent approaches to their Muslim populations that usefully draws on the historic experience of other minorities in Europe”  

Timothy Garton Ash, The New York Review of Books

“[A] reference volume on the policies that governments across Western Europe have adopted in their attempts to better integrate Muslim communities”  

– Joshua Sinai, Washington Times

• “The strength of a theoretical work like this one is that it offers a master narrative to understand long-term trends in a number of countries… The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims is a very impressive book. It is historically informed, theoretically rich, and comprehensive in its scope.”

– J. Christopher Soper, Journal of Church and State

“This ethnographically rich, well-documented book successfully reveals that European states (France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK) have more similarities than differences in terms of their interactions with Muslims…  It goes beyond simplistic dichotomies and clichés, and provides a much-needed, broad perspective on this important subject.”

– Ahmet Kuru, Choice

“Laurence’s book is filled with thoughtful reflections and deep insights about one of the most fundamental political issues of our time. [It] presents the result of a meticulous study of a long and complex political process, masterfully documented and made vivid with the help of a substantial body of evidence.”

– Reza Azarian, European Societies

 • “Laurence’s study is rigorously researched and a noteworthy contribution to the field.”

Sanam Vakil, The International Spectator

“A fine-tuned and convincing analysis [with] a comparative edge over earlier studies [and] a fresh theoretical grasp … The array of timely topics, and issues it covers, make the book an interesting read for policy-makers and practitioners … Written in an accessible language, this comprehensive, easy to follow assessment of state policies toward Muslims is a pleasurable read for the general public interested in the controversies of Muslims’ presence in Europe.” 

– Arolda Elbasani, Nationalities Papers: The Journal of Nationality and Ethnicity

• “The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims provides a rich and insightful comparative study of the integration strategies put in place in the last 15 years by the different European countries. [...] The original contributions made by the book make it very much worth reading.”

– Silvia Cavasola, Plurilogue: Politics and Philosophy Reviews

• “Laurence remarkably points out a generalizable process beyond European nation-state borders… He provides a fresh, balanced, and nuanced analysis of state–mosque relations in post-9/11 Europe.”

– Mustafa Gurbuz, Sociological Forum

• “Alarmists and victimists both neglect the positive role of liberal state institutions in the process of Islam and Muslim integration. A recent comparative and more institution-focused literature has partially fixed this problem. [Laurence provides] a more differentiated picture… of governments trying to steer the process of institutional integration through ‘neocorporatist’ means.”

– Christian Joppke, West European Politics

• “ [A] crucial contribution and should be used by all researchers in the field.”

– Sunier Thijl, Journal of Muslims in Europe


• “Un livre sérieux et très bien documenté”

Muslims in Europe, September 2014

• “A beautifully written model of original historical as well as contemporary qualitative research, offering fresh analysis of crucial current issues”

Rogers Smith, University of Pennsylvania, Citation for 2013 Award for Best Book in Migration and Citizenship, Vol. 2, No.1, Winter 2013/2014

“A remarkably accurate and comprehensive study of European Islam that transcends clichés and polemics. Laurence brilliantly elucidates the long-term trends that are transforming the children of migrants into European Muslims, acknowledging the tensions as well as the achievements of the process.”

– Olivier Roy, European University Institute, Florence

“A brilliantly mature book about a topic that frequently provokes sophomoric exaggeration. The book is remarkable for its practical acumen and comparative-historical depth. The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims is a unique accomplishment. It presents a strong alternative to current so-called common wisdom.”

– Jytte Klausen, author of The Cartoons That Shook the World

“A gem whose light shines in a direction and with an intensity that [Christopher Caldwell's] brooding darkness would not countenance.”

– Bruce B. Lawrence, Director of Islamic Studies, Duke University

“A splendid comparison of the management of religious–and especially Islamic–conflict… Laurence arrays a range of convincing material to show that these countries followed similar pathways in managing their relations with Islam. The book holds out hope that Muslims may eventually be integrated within the political communities of these major European nations.”

– Sidney G. Tarrow, Cornell University



The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims traces how governments across Western Europe have responded to the growing presence of Muslim immigrants in their countries over the past fifty years. Drawing on hundreds of in-depth interviews with government officials and religious leaders in France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Morocco, and Turkey, Jonathan Laurence challenges the widespread notion that Europe’s Muslim minorities represent a threat to liberal democracy. He documents how European governments in the 1970s and 1980s excluded Islam from domestic institutions, instead inviting foreign powers like Saudi Arabia, Algeria, and Turkey to oversee the practice of Islam among immigrants in European host societies. But since the 1990s, amid rising integration problems and fears about terrorism, governments have aggressively stepped up efforts to reach out to their Muslim communities and incorporate them into the institutional, political, and cultural fabrics of European democracy.

The Emancipation of Europe’s Muslims places these efforts–particularly the government-led creation of Islamic councils–within a broader theoretical context and gleans insights from government interactions with groups such as trade unions and Jewish communities at previous critical junctures in European state-building. By examining how state-mosque relations in Europe are linked to the ongoing struggle for religious and political authority in the Muslim-majority world, Laurence sheds light on the geopolitical implications of a religious minority’s transition from outsiders to citizens. This book offers a much-needed reassessment that foresees the continuing integration of Muslims into European civil society and politics in the coming decades.

Series: Princeton Studies in Muslim Politics. Dale F. Eickelman and Augustus Richard Norton, Series Editors.

• Read the New York Times Op-Ed here

• Book Launch at The Brookings Institution with commentary by Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, Prof. Ömer Taspinar (Brookings) and Prof. Peter Mandaville (George Mason Univ.), February 2012. Transcript/audio available here.

• A conversation with the Princeton University Press Blog on recent controversies involving religious diversity in Europe.

Book Chapter: US Foreign Policy and the Arab Awakening | Brookings Institution Press

Jonathan Laurence, “Midwife” or “Spectator”? U.S. Policies towards North Africa in the 21st Century, Arab Society in _Revolt,  Cesare Merlini and Olivier Roy, Eds. Brookings 2012

[See other US, Europe and the Arab awakening links from 2011 here]

Article: The French Debate on National Identity | The International Spectator

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Jonathan Laurence and Gabriel Goodliffe, “The French Debate on National Identity and the Sarkozy Presidency: A Retrospective,” The International Spectator, Vol. 48, No.2, 2013

Abstract: Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidency presented a mixed record on the issues of Muslim immigration and integration. On the one hand, his administration took novel and constructive steps to advance the integration of Muslim immigrants into French society, notably through the granting of unprecedented official recognition and institutional representation to Islam in the country. On the other, by placing the immigration issue at the centre of his 2012 re-election strategy, he overshadowed and undermined the effectiveness of these integrative policies. Given the country’s worsening economic outlook and rising unemployment, immigration is therefore likely to remain as salient and difficult an issue under the new Hollande administration as it was under Sarkozy’s.

Book Chapter: Europe’s Arab Spring | CTR / Johns Hopkins University

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Click here to read Jonathan Laurence, “Europe’s Arab Spring,” in V. Dzihic and T. Schmidinger, Eds., Looming Shadows: Migration and Integration at a Time of Upheaval, Washington, DC: Center for Transatlantic Relations, Johns Hopkins University, 2011

Essay: The Dis-Integration of Europe | Foreign Policy

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European leaders are attacking ‘multiculturalism’ in a transparent ploy to appeal to far-right voters. But they’re threatening decades of progress in reaching out to Muslim minorities. Click here to read “The Dis-Integration of Europe,” by Jonathan Laurence and Justin Vaïsse. (Also available in Français / Nederlands / Español)

Book Chapter: European Islam in the Year 2030 | Brookings Institution Press

Europe 2030. D. Benjamin, ed. (Brookings Press 2010

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This chapter appeared in Europe 2030, a volume edited by Daniel Benjamin:
In April 2009, a futuristic novel by the Russian writer Elena Tchudinov was published in France titled The Notre Dame Mosque of Paris: Year 2048; it depicted Paris’s grandest cathedral transformed into a mosque. That same spring, in an article titled “In the Casbah of Rotterdam,” the Italian newspaper Il Foglio crowned Rotterdam the future capital of Eurabia. Since the advent of the 21st century, any number of scholars, journalists, and Internet populists have argued that, for Europe, demography is destiny—that the combination of runaway Muslim birthrates, suicidal native European fertility rates, and white flight will lead to a set of Western Islamic republics by mid-century…

Article: Nicolas Sarkozy’s Faith in the Republic | Tocqueville Review

The Tocqueville Review/La Revue Tocqueville, Vol.XXX, No.1, 2009

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President Sarkozy has defied numerous French taboos regarding the role of religion in the Republic. While campaigning, he told journalists that he finds solace in church on Sundays. But since taking office, he has more often been seen visiting mosques and synagogues: he didn’t publicly celebrate Ash Wednesday, but he brought journalists along to watch him break the Ramadan fast. In issuing a book on religious faith two years before running for president, Sarkozy signaled he would be of a different mold than the previous officeholders of the Fifth Republic. Is there something “American” about his comfort with religion in the public sphere? This essay provides a reflection on Sarkozy’s attitudes towards religious community in France and Islam in particular. With the aid of field notes from a decade of interviews with French politicians, the author argues that Sarkozy is “globalizing” French attitudes towards religion and diversity in service of a conception of healthy democracy that would make Tocqueville proud.

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Report: High-Skilled Migration | Transatlantic Academy

A new Transatlantic Academy report — co-authored by Jeroen Doomernik, Rey Koslowski, Jonathan Laurence, Rahsaan Maxwell, Ines Michalowski, and Dietrich Thränhardt — examines the effect of the economic crisis on high-skilled immigration. The shrinking economy has changed migration patterns, inefficiencies are seen in country point systems of the highly skilled, and extreme ideologies are found to be attractive to better-educated migrants.

Click Here to read the full report:

Article: The Corporatist Antecedent of Contemporary State-Islam Relations | EPS

EPS: European Political Science Journal (Volume 8, Issue 3, August 2009)

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This article explores the theoretical underpinnings of the state-led establishment of quasi-monopolistic Islam Councils in Western Europe. The author argues that national consultations representing the Muslim faith in seven European countries share institutional characteristics with 19th and 20th century corporatist arrangements with Labor Unions and Jewish Communities, and that State Islam Councils in Europe pursue similar goals of rendering faith and group ideology compatible with national citizenship while encouraging the moderation of group demands on the state.

Click here to read more.

Essay: Ethnic Statistics in France | Esprit

Esprit (Paris), Mai 2009, p.61-67

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An article on the current French debate over whether and how to count minorities in national statistics.

Jonathan Laurence, “Les mérites du flou,” Esprit, May 2009:


“La France est-elle vraiment au bord de la « guerre communautaire » ? Le pays va-t-il « tout droit vers l’apartheid » ? Le commissaire à la diversité Yazid Sabeg dit en voir les premiers signes. On peut considérer qu’il pratique l’hyperbole dans ses interventions publiques, mais peut-être ressent-il le besoin d’élever la voix pour être entendu par ceux qui semblent s’être volontairement bouchés les oreilles, tant leur défense d’une certaine idée de la République est rigide. En tout cas, il est difficile de mettre en doute la sincérité d’un homme qui a consacré une bonne partie des dix dernières années à la
poursuite d’une « démocratie pluraliste, attachée à la lettre, mais plus encore à l’esprit de notre héritage républicain ». Sa plus récente série de propositions, commandée par l’Élysée et mise à l’examen ici, représente sa recette pour réconcilier ceux qui sont divisés par « la lettre » et « l’esprit » : changer la loi.” [...]

Click here to read the article (in French, available soon in English)

Edited Volume: Governments and Muslim Communities in the West | Woodrow Wilson Center

Edited by Jonathan Laurence and Philippa Strum. 2008, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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Proceedings of a workshop and conference co-organized by Jonathan Laurence on March 3-5, 2008. Click here to download.


Political and Religious Challenges in Contemporary France. Jonathan Laurence and Justin Vaisse, Brookings Institution Press, 2006

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Click here to purchase book: Integrating Islam: Political And Religious Challenges in Contemporary France

2007 “Outstanding Academic Title”Choice Magazine

Robert O. Paxton, New York Review of Books, April 2009: “The successes and failures of cultural integration [are] given an authoritative and optimistic reading by Jonathan Laurence and Justin Vaisse in Integrating Islam … Laurence and Vaisse give us a carefully conducted study of the integration of Muslims into French society, solidly based on statistics and poll results. They see integration wisely as a double process, bringing change to the French population as well as to immigrants… The authors are particularly interesting on French efforts to promote a Western Islam limited to the private sphere.

Jytte Klausen, The Journal of Religion, April 2009: “Laurence and Vaisse give an encyclopedic assessment of French policies toward the country’s Muslim minority and the social, economic, and political facts of integration…. One imagines the book lying on the desks of graduate students and journalists who need a primer on the recent history and the facts. If so, we should all be happy.”

Alec Hargreaves, French Politics, Culture and Society, Winter 2008: “This is by far the most comprehensive and best documented book available in English on the Muslim population in France. It works systematically through the now sizeable body of research and other evidence available on Muslims in France and finds that they are working with the grain of French society far more than is often thought. In chapter after chapter, we see that, contrary to widespread myths about the alleged incompatibility of Islam and French republican values, the vast majority of Islamic organizations and individual Muslims in France seek equality within the Republic on the basis of its constitutional principles, including that of laïcité, rather than through shariah-based separatism.

Matthew Kaminski, Wall Street Journal, September 2006: “These statistics [from the Pew Center] came to light after ‘Integrating Islam’ went to print, but they confirm the book’s cautious optimism. Messrs. Laurence and Vaisse argue that French Muslims are a diverse and fast-changing group, in many respects moderate. France, for example, saw virtually no public protests against the Muhammad cartoons, in contrast with other European countries.” (reprinted in Corriere della Sera, October 2006)

John Thornhill, Financial Times, September 2006: “The great virtue of Integrating Islam is that it demonstrates how distorted and offensive many of these views are. After examining the everyday reality of the Muslim population in France, the two authors, an American political scientist and a French historian, reach a more complex and optimistic conclusion challenging the “gloomy and alarmist view of France’s (and Europe’s) inevitable ‘Islamisation’.”

Mark Leon Goldberg, The American Prospect, September 2006: “Buy this book [...] I couldn’t recommend it more highly for those wishing to understand the dynamics of Islam and migrant integration in Europe today.”

Farhad Khosrokhavar, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris (From the book jacket): This book is a must for many reasons. The authors illustrate how Muslims are being integrated into French society and how exclusion and marginality are pushing a few of them into radicalism and terrorism. In a single work it condenses the many sides of the ‘Muslim question’ within France and, in some ways, Europe overall.

Olivier Roy, CNRS, June 2006 (From the foreword): “This noteworthy book by Laurence and Vaisse leaves behind a theoretical sociology of immigration and refuses to engage in the often fruitless debate on Islam as an abstract concept. The authors rely on solid documentation to study actual Muslims who live in France. Their prudently optimistic conclusions do not fall into the trap of cliché, excessive sympathy or political correctness. By emphasizing the complex phenomena of integration and discrimination, they shed light on the mix of identities and the subtle evolution of identity among French Muslims. In so doing, they also point out the difficulties that many in France have in fully understanding the environment in which they find themselves and the changes taking place around them. Laurence and Vaisse make considerable progress in advancing the debate in France and elsewhere, an accomplishment that deserves acknowledgment.”

Timothy Garton Ash, New York Review of Books, October 2006: “As the authors of an excellent new study of Islam in France point out, most French Muslims are relatively well integrated into French society.”

Stanley Hoffmann, Foreign Affairs, November 2006: “Laurence, a young American political scientist, and Vaísse, a young French historian, have written a well-documented, nuanced, and ultimately optimistic study of French Muslims — a convincing refutation of American clichés about the rise of Islamism in France, the effects of Muslims on French foreign policy, European anti-Semitism, and the incompatibility of Islam and the traditional French model of integration.”

Elizabeth Grimm, Democracy & Society, Fall 2006: “Their work is an important read for anyone trying to understand the complexities of Islamic integration into the European mainstream and an extremely valuable contribution to the field of migration studies.”

Roger Hardy, The New Statesman, January 2007: This is one of the few books in English that set out, clearly, dispassionately and in detail, what the headscarf affair was all about, what the main French Muslim organisations are (and their affiliations with the wider Muslim world), what the role of influential but controversial figures such as Tariq Ramadan and Yusuf al-Qaradawi has been, and how successive French governments have sought, with great difficulty, to create a national body to serve as a Muslim interlocutor. There are lessons here for Europe as a whole, and it would be salutary to think that a book with a primarily American purpose might teach Europeans a thing or two as well.”

Stephanie Giry, Prospect Magazine, February 2007: “a probing new book on the integration of Muslims in France [...] Laurence and Vaisse tackle well three issues that often alarm foreign observers: the influence of Muslims on French foreign policy, their suspected responsibility for the rise of antisemitism, and the connection between Islam and Islamist terrorism.”

Fokke Obbema, de Volkskrant, February 2007: “hun boek bevat ruim voldoende argumenten om het overheersende beeld van zwartgalligheid te corrigeren.”

Francis Ghilès, Politica Exterior, March 2007: “Jonathan Laurence y Justin Vaisse desarrollan estos asuntos con cierto detenimiento. Creen que identificar a los musulmanes solo por su creencia religiosa es engañoso, sobre todo cuando muchos de ellos no lo hacen. El complejo tapiz de Europa y el islam refleja la situaciòn en países determinados, y tambièn en todo el continente: existe una enorme diversidad sectaria, étnica e ideològica en países como Francia y Reino Unido…La expresiòn acuñada por Jonathan Laurence y Justin Vaisse resume ingeniosamente el desafío: ‘Altercados urbanos en Francia: es Marx, y no Bin Laden.’”

Pavol Szalai, International Issues and Slovak Foreign Policy, March 2007: “In any case, the book remains a pool of powerful arguments against those who would like to see a class-of-civilizations scenario evolve in France and Europe. Laurence and Vaisse undermine them with a carefully calibrated assessment of the situation backed by serious in-depth research. Everyone interested in immigration, European Islam, terrorism, or French politics should read their book.”

Richard Wolin, The Nation, April 2007: “As Olivier Roy comments in his foreword to Jonathan Laurence and Justin Vaisse’s Integrating Islam: ‘All serious studies of the formation of terrorism in Europe show that the process is more likely to be the result of alienation, isolation and generational crisis.’ This conclusion distinctly belies the claims of scaremongering jeremiads like Bruce Bawer’s While Europe Slept and French author Emmanuel Brenner’s The Lost Territories of the Republic, which misleadingly contend that, à la Bernard Lewis, Europe is undergoing a process of ‘reverse colonization.’”

David Cleeton, Modern & Contemporary France, Spring 2007: “Together [Laurence and Vaisse] have produced a clear and concise investigation of the French social landscape [...] The power of their analysis resides in the facts presented and the documentation they explore to set the record straight concerning the basic underlying structural characteristics of the Muslim population in contemporary France.”

William Safran, Choice, April 2007: “This excellent books deals with the challenges posed in France by the presence of several million Muslims. It covers virtually everything one would want to know about the subject [...] Highly recommended.”

Ishseminal, Daily Kos, June 2007: “Many of these arguments are carefully and convincingly refuted in ‘Integrating Islam‘ by Jonathan Laurence and Justin Vaisse, a painstakingly researched inquiry into the question of Muslim integration in France that was published just last year. Laurence, an American, and Vaisse, a Frenchman, team up to pore through virtually every survey and poll that has been done in recent years concerning views of French Muslims and non-Muslims on various issues related to Muslim life in France: politics, society, education, etc. Laurence and Vaisse provide detailed portraits of major French Muslim leaders and organizations, and track the state’s successes and failures in dealing with the Muslim community.”

Shereen El Fiki, International Affairs, July 2007: “A good first step, however, is understanding the role of Islam in the challenges facing French Muslims. And ‘Integrating Islam’ by political scientist Jonathan Laurence and historian Justin Vaisse is an excellent guide to this complex journey [...] The authors’ exhaustive research, clear analysis and sensible—indeed optimistic— conclusions are just as valuable to readers in Europe and further afield.”

Aslim Taslam, July 2007: “Un ouvrage qui est paru en mars 2007 et qui n’a pas, à mon goût, assez été plébiscité. La référence à des données sociologiques, à des événements politiques majeurs de l’histoire de l’islam de France, à l’aide de grilles statistiques judicieuses, ainsi que des enquêtes de terrain diversifiées, en font « le meilleur livre de synthèse existant » selon Olivier Roy.”

Emmanuel Dupuy, Defense Nationale et Securite Collective, August 2007: “[Un] riche ouvrage qui a l’immense avantage de condenser tous les aspects de la question musulmane en France, remettant ainsi en cause nombre d’ideés reçues quant à la montée de l’islamisme, l’antisémitisme et l’incompatibilité de l’islam avec le modèle républicain français, notamment la laïcité.”

Joan Wallach Scott, Perspectives on Politics, November 2007: “Full of details that enable readers to grasp the import of what is happening. Without sacrificing clarity, they insist on complexity, introducing readers in a measured, dispassionate way to the intricacies of French politics, political theory, and history.”

Ahmet T. Kuru, Contemporary Islam, January 2008: “Integrating Islam is a must read for those who study Muslims in France. It contains very rich and updated data about Muslims’ demography, organizational capacity, and political influence in France.”

Book: Intégrer l’Islam: La France et ses musulmans | Odile Jacob

Jonathan LAURENCE et Justin VAÏSSE, Odile Jacob, 2007

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Traduit de l’anglais (États-unis) par Jean-Marc Dreyfus.

Préface d’Olivier Roy.

Available at

Près de cinq millions de musulmans se sentent chez eux en France. Alors que notre pays a réussi à intégrer les vagues passées d’immigration, cette présence semble poser des défis inédits.

ISBN 2-7381-1900-X, mars 2007, 155 x 240, 400 pages. (28 €)

Article: The Challenges of Multiculturalism in Advanced Industrial Democracies | Perspectives on Politics

Perspectives on Politics, December 2008, pp. 801-810

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“The Challenges of Multiculturalism in Advanced Democracies”

by Robert Rohrschneider, Will Kymlicka and Jonathan Laurence

Click Here to read the article

Book Chapter: Muslims and the State in Western Europe | Pittsburgh University Press

in Immigration, Integration, and Security: America and Europe in Comparative Perspective, by Ariane Chebel d'Appollonia and Simon Reich (Eds.), University of Pittsburgh Press, 2008, pp. 229-253

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This book chapter by Jonathan Laurence appeared in April 2008. A description of the book can be found here and the book’s introductory chapter is available here.

Book Chapter: Managing Transnational Islam: Muslims and the state in Western Europe | Cambridge University Press

in _Immigration and the transformation of Europe_ Eds. Craig Parsons and Timothy M Smeeding. Cambridge University Press, 2006

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Click here to read the book chapter.

Article: Renewal and Continuity in Italian Foreign Policy | Italian Foreign Policy

Newsletter on Italian Foreign Policy, September 2008

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An article examining new foreign policy actors in Italy. Click here to download.

Essay: The Prophet of Moderation: Tariq Ramadan’s Quest to Reclaim Islam | Foreign Affairs

Click here to read the essay.

Report: Islam and Identity in Germany | International Crisis Group

International Crisis Group, Europe Report No. 181, March 2007

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Jonathan Laurence researched and wrote a report on Muslims in Germany for the International Crisis Group.

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Click below to read coverage of the report in: Frankfurter Rundschau ;Tagesspiegel ; Deutsche Welle ;Islamische Zeitung;Daily Times (Pakistan) ;Migration und Bevölkerung;;Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger; Philadelphia Inquirer.

Jonathan spoke with Alex Cohen on NPR’s Day to Day about three men detained in a terrorism investigation in Germany.

Edited Volume: The New French Council on the Muslim Religion | French Politics, Culture and Society

[guest editor and co-author], Special issue of French Politics, Culture and Society, (Vol.23, No.1), Spring 2005

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Jonathan Laurence edited and co-authored a special issue of French Politics, Culture and Society in Spring 2005.

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Article: (Re)constructing Community in Berlin. Turks, Jews, and German Responsibility | German Politics and Society

German Politics and Society - June 2001

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In 1998-1999, Jonathan Laurence was a DAAD fellow and guest scholar at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin. This article is the result of his research year there.

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