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Global Powers in the 21st CenturyStrategies and Relations$
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Alexander T.J. Lennon and Amanda Kozlowski

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262622189

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262622189.001.0001

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Europe and Islam: Crescent Waxing, Cultures Clashing

Europe and Islam: Crescent Waxing, Cultures Clashing

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(p.298) Europe and Islam: Crescent Waxing, Cultures Clashing
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Global Powers in the 21st Century
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Timothy M. Savage

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262622189.003.0017

This chapter reveals that Europe needs to develop a balanced policy where its minor Muslim inhabitants co-exist peacefully with the majority population. The majority of people in Europe consider Islam to be an interfering factor in its territory, culture, traditions, and economy. European leaders need to consider these issues and develop a policy where the minorities and majorities co-exist peacefully, and contribute to each other’s growth without encroaching on respective limitations. Europe also needs to develop a specific foreign policy targeted toward establishing better relationships with Islamic countries and addressing their concerns. Specific efforts are needed to build trust and mutual cooperation between the communities so that security and political and economic developments are ensured in the region.

Keywords:   Europe, Islam, minorities, Islamic countries, communities

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