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p. 1195. National identity, belonging, and the ‘Muslim question’locked

  • Ali Rattansi


If we acknowledge that ‘integration’ is replacing multiculturalism in Europe we need to ask: integration into what? Or in terms of ‘community cohesion’, cohesion based on what? What does becoming British, for example, mean? The issue is one of national identity and ‘core values’, something some say Britain is lacking. The necessary engagement of emotions towards genuine attachments to a country can only come about organically through experiences and this cannot be forced. The ‘Muslim question’ is a strong emotive force, which is currently given too high significance if we consider that Muslims in Europe constitute 4% of the population of the European Union.

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