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Assimilation, Integration or Convivencia: The Dilemma of Diaspora Muslims from “Eurabia” to “Londonistan”, from “Lakembanon” to Sri Lanka

Ali, A. (2010) Assimilation, Integration or Convivencia: The Dilemma of Diaspora Muslims from “Eurabia” to “Londonistan”, from “Lakembanon” to Sri Lanka. Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, 30 (2). pp. 183-198.

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Abstract

Muslim diaspora has a religious as well as a secular dimension. The religious dimension is closely connected to the Islamic concept of hijra. This concept and the Muslim jurists’ binary division of the world, with an intermediate stage in between, has created an existential dilemma for the Muslim diaspora between their physical existence as a religious minority and psychological existence as members of a borderless ummah. The Spanish convivencia experiment in medieval times appears to provide a compromise solution. This however, can only be a temporary response to an inter-generational problem. A more permanent solution has to come from a fundamental change in the Muslim mindset, away from a rigidified religious orthodoxy.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Business
Publisher: Routledge
Copyright: Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/22682
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