In view of the increasing tension affecting the Islamic community in Western Europe, the Geneva Centre commissioned Dr. Zidane Meriboute, author of “La fracture Islamique: demain le Soufisme?” (“Islam’s Fateful Path”), to write a study entitled “Muslims in Europe: The road to social harmony.” This publication, which was revised and improved by the Centre, examines the philosophical roots of xenophobia and its growth in historical perspective. A relative lack of concern over the predicament of minorities has mutated in the case of Muslims into active racism of a new kind: “religious racism”. The book highlights the importance of promoting empathy and acceptance of diversity in order to reach social harmony, and deplores the current growing trend in Islamophobia, discrimination and segregation, and xenophobic populism affecting Muslim communities in Europe

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Friday, 1 January, 2016

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