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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: OUP USA (29 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195328973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195328974
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 3.3 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Leiken brings and interestingly broad perspective to the subject and takes time to get to grips with some of the detailed and nuanced, often conflicting, aspects of the topic. ... the book is a very useful addition to the genre. It is written in a very accessible style and brings much-needed nuance and a well-grounded set of perspectives that help the reader to form a more rounded picture of the complex dynamics involved. (Dilwar Hussain, The Muslim World Book Review)

Extensively sourced, robustly argued...timely and provocative. (Publisher's Weekly)

He 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, where his requests for information met an impenetrable wall of silence. (The Economist)

A critical examination of the historical factors and conditions that produced the conflictual relations between the Muslim minority communities and their European hosts. Leiken's narrative ... produces important insights. (Washington Times)

What Robert Leiken does most adeptly is to synthesise and consolidate much of the existing work from the last decade into a well-written study (Literary Review)

An in-depth study, based on extensive field research and interviews, of the dynamics that have created the ground for Europe to become a hotbed of Islamist extremism by its second generation of Muslim immigrants. (Joshua Sinai, Perspectives on Terrorism)

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Robert S. Leiken is the Director of the Immigration and National Security Program at The Nixon Center, as well as a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. His commentaries have appeared in the major American newspapers and his reports and essays in Foreign Affairs, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The Weekly Standard, Foreign Policy, The Times Literary Supplement, Commentary, Washington Post Outlook, The Los Angeles Sunday Times and The Political Science Quarterly.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glidd of Glood on 9 Dec. 2014
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This is an excellent book which seems to have sunk without trace despite its making a valuable contribution to the understanding of the European Muslim mindset.
Leiken is an American – a seemingly enlightened American – which means that his examination of the way Europe has failed to integrate its Muslims is much more open-handed than it might have been had he come from one of the three countries he examines: France, Britain and Germany.

The strength of the book is the analysis, which I have read nowhere else, of the attitudes of governments to the Muslims who end up in these countries and the contrast between them. France is very inclusive of its Muslims, mainly North African in origin, in the same way as it has often considered its overseas colonies to be not colonies at all but part of France which just happen to be overseas. There is “metropolitan France” and the “départements d’outre mer”. But for the French, you are just as French if you live in Tahiti as in Bordeaux. Consequently, Algerian Muslims have perhaps had an easier time of it in France, so long as they subscribe to the completely secular nature of French society which seeks to largely ignore religion as it immerses its immigrants into French culture.

As the book points out, in Britain it’s entirely different. The authorities have welcomed immigration, but not sought to integrate anyone. Multi-culturalism is exactly that: the coexistence of different cultures in ghettos with no attempt to integrate them into an over-arching British vision in say the way that the US has sought to address immigration. Radicalism has been completely tolerated on the understanding that any jihadism happens away from British shores.
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Why no other reviews of this great book? 14 Jun. 2012
By Abe Krieger - Published on
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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.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A Big Breath of Fresh Air 5 Aug. 2012
By William T. Nixon - Published on
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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."

This is sound advice from an honest and admirable scholar. Regardless of the subject matter, the preparation and presentation of Europe's Angry Muslims is to be applauded as a masterly discourse which cannot fail to make a strong impression upon the reader.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Interesting contribution to the ongoing discourse about Islam and its impact of the world system. 15 Dec. 2014
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Excellent study presenting an interesting perspective. Anyone who enjoys seeing the world through the prism of various interpretations of social reality will find this contriobution beneficial.
Excellent historical review 24 Dec. 2014
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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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Five Stars 20 Oct. 2014
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very good!!
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