In Cooperation with Sedef Sertkan and Zsófia Windisch
Edited By Ednan Aslan and Margarete Rausch
Series Editor’s Foreword
9With the book, “Islamic Education in Secular Societies,” we present the fourth volume in the series “Wiener Islamstudien.” With these publi- cations, we would like to draw attention to University of Vienna’s contri- butions to Islamic studies and research, as well as to religious education. Although we refer to this series as “Vienna Studies in Islam,” it is never- theless concerned with developments that exceed the boundaries of this field, since, in the globalized world, in which we live today, problems and their solutions can no longer be considered separately. Developments in specific contexts rarely take place in isolation, but are instead increasingly subject simultaneously to the same influences. Six of the authors in this volume speak to problems related to the growing migration of Muslims to Western societies, which is increasingly the topic of public debates. However, media and politic discourses imply a perception that the presence of Muslims could present a danger for the future of Europe. For Muslims, on the other hand, the new experience consists, above all, in living as a minority in a pluralistic society, in identi- fying themselves as part of that society, and in participating in it. Throughout its history, Islam has often been been the dominant reli- gion in a society, and the source of legitimiation for governing bodies, in contexts charaterized by a variety of social and political models, where different cultures and religions existed side-by-side. Furthermore, theo- logical conceptions were formulated that regulated the temporary resi- dence of Muslims in...
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