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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (Jan. 3 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195328973
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195328974
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"[Leiken] 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."-The Economist

"Leiken provides a historical, ethnic and socioeconomic context that identifies important differences as opposed to empty generalities. Both well written and researched-a valuable contribution to an ongoing discussion." - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Timely and provocative, this is an important addition to the literature on Islamic terrorism." -Publisher's Weekly

"Leiken discusses Islamophobia and the extent to which Jihadist 'outsiders' manipulate those subjected to it for their own purposes, and emphasizes the need to distinguish between genuine Islamist political agitation and other forms of civil disobedience more rooted in socioeconomic tension."-Middle East Journal

"Leiken supports his anecdotal observations with the weight of academic and empirical studies, resulting in an immensely readable account that is also authoritative." -- Literary Review

"Robert Leiken has a long record of sober, empirical and deep analysis in a field that is often clouded by ideological biases. Europe's Angry Muslims demonstrates all of Leiken's strengths and is a welcome addition to our understanding of a problem that is likely to deepen over time. Essential reading." -Peter Bergen

"Robert Leiken's penetrating research and highly readable prose have brought alive some of the most dangerous terrorists Europe has seen. He uses their stories brilliantly to show us what their experiences do-and, importantly, what they do not-tell us about immigration and assimilation. 'Angry Muslims' recounts bleak tales of the recent past, to be sure, but Leiken's analysis leaves open the way to a more positive future." -Christopher Dickey, Newsweek

"Europe's Angry Muslims documents, in a particularly vivid way, the evolution of immigrant communities in Europe and the enormously diverse impacts of the varied counter terrorism strategies pursued by Britain, France and Germany. An important contribution to understanding one of the greatest challenges to democracy today." -Francis Fukuyama, Stanford University

"This balanced book combines first hand reporting, based on interviews of former radicals, scrutiny of court records, historical background, and cutting-edge analysis to capture the complex phenomenon of European Islam."--The New Statesman

"Never before has a book conveyed more hard-headedly how unwanted the Muslim migration to Britain was-and remains-by almost all parties, the newcomers not excepted.The poignant consequences for the typical immigrant's children are laid out by Leiken with literary skill." --The New Republic

"While learning about new worlds from Leiken's research, beware the unexpected turns; Europe's Angry Muslims is a troubling book to consume, for many reasons." ---Christian Science Monitor

"Part political scientist, part feature writer, Leiken paints an engaging portrait of European Muslim life. This is the greatest strength of Europe's Angry Muslims." --Standpoint

"Robert S. Leiken presents an engaging study of Muslims in Europe. The author, who defines himself as a 'connoisseur of slums,' takes us inside some of Europe's most notorious Muslims enclaves." --Arab News

The multiculturalist literature, with its tendency to pigeonhole people by culture, often fails to acknowledge the sheer diversity of this increasingly mixed-up world. More than ever, that must include the diversity to be found inside a single human skin, mind, and heart. These are not just 'immigrants.' Increasingly, they are people 'with a migration background,' as the German government classifies them, or 'postmigrants,' in Robert S. Leiken's snappier phraseology." --New York Review of Books

"[Leiken] is a wide-ranging, freethinking scholar... who lets his conclusions fall where they may, apparently without regard to intellectual trendiness or easily labeled political ideology."-Christian Science Monitor

"To call it a 'popular account' would capture how good a read the book is, but would scarcely capture the depth of the research he brings to bear on these questions."
-John R. Bowen, author of Why the French Don't Like Headscarves: Islam, the State, and Public Space

About the Author

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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1e252a0) out of 5 stars 29 reviews
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HASH(0xa1dcf450) out of 5 stars Why no other reviews of this great book? June 14 2012
By Abe Krieger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
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.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1dcf4ec) out of 5 stars A Big Breath of Fresh Air Aug. 4 2012
By William T. Nixon - Published on Amazon.com
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1dca174) out of 5 stars Leiken's insights are most useful in helping us come to grips with the confounding ... Dec 11 2015
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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What book could be more relevant and timely? A carefully researched, well reasoned analysis of a subject of exceptional importance right now. Leiken's insights are most useful in helping us come to grips with the confounding topic of the development and motivations of homicidal radicalized Muslims in Western countries. This book is essential reading! Ambassador Alexander F. Watson
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HASH(0xa1dc53e4) out of 5 stars Excellent historical review Dec 24 2014
By Mallow - Published on Amazon.com
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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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HASH(0xa1eb3a74) out of 5 stars READ THIS BOOK Dec 12 2015
By Henry R Bourne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Exactly right for our troubled times. What could be more puzzling, confounding, and alarming than the people focused on in Leiken's book. This is a must-read book!