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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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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.
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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A rare voice of reason. Aug. 17 2015
By Edgar Mcgarvey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
IEurope's Angry Muslims: The Revolt of The Second Generation
In these days of political correctness on the Left and mindless nostalgia on the Right, it’s rare to find a political analysis that combines rational analysis, factual accuracy, and a measure of sympathy for history’s victims.
Robert Leiken went from Long Island public schools to Deerfield Academy in MA, and on to an M.A. from Harvard and a PhD from Oxford. He worked and wrote about his experience as a community organizer in Boston when the city was nearly torn apart by conflict over judicially mandated school integration, i.e. bussing. Along with all but the most biased and brain-dead he took the side of we on the Left who supported school integration. But in the mid 1980’s he seems to have taken an interest in how well political reform can work by researching and writing on the Sandinista administration in Nicaragua. This was about the time when we on the Left in the U.S. were so delighted by the downfall of the Somoza dictatorship that we took for granted that the Sandinistas could hardly fail to change things for the better. Leiken’s reports, however, suggested that the new regime was hardly better than the old, was rife with corruption and violence and was as dependent on Soviet support as the dictatorship had been on American. No surprise, he was quickly denounced by leftist writers . Leftist retribution hardly wavered after a free and fair Nicaraguan election held in 1990 repudiated the Sandinistas in favor of a centrist coalition led by Violeta Chamorro. So, reviled by the right, and left by the Left, he seemed to me to just the right kind of person to report honestly on the thorny issue of the conflict between Muslim immigrants and various European nations.
So I bought his book hoping for a balanced approach and that’s exactly what I got. The book is a loosely structured piece of comparative political research. It centers on the terrorist plots and communal riots that took place post 9/11 in France, Britain, and Germany. He segues at times into helpful analyses of the several and quite distinct ways in which Moslem activists have attempted to relate to and/or confront the West and he does it with clarity and objectivity. If I read him correctly, the Brits are too soft, the French too hard, and the Germans have been closest to pleasing Goldilocks.
Europe's Angry Muslims: The Revolt of The Second Generation
In these days of political correctness on the Left and mindless nostalgia on the Right, it’s rare to find a political analysis that combines rational analysis, factual accuracy, and a measure of sympathy for history’s victims.
Robert Leiken went from Long Island public schools to Deerfield Academy in MA, and on to an M.A. from Harvard and a PhD from Oxford. He worked and wrote about his experience as a community organizer in Boston when the city was nearly torn apart by conflict over judicially mandated school integration, i.e. bussing. Along with all but the most biased and brain-dead he took the side of we on the Left who supported school integration. But in the mid 1980’s he seems to have taken an interest in how well political reform can work by researching and writing on the Sandinista administration in Nicaragua. This was about the time when we on the Left in the U.S. were so delighted by the downfall of the Somoza dictatorship that we took for granted that the Sandinistas could hardly fail to change things for the better. Leiken’s reports, however, suggested that the new regime was hardly better than the old, was rife with corruption and violence and was as dependent on Soviet support as the dictatorship had been on American. No surprise, he was quickly denounced by leftist writers . Leftist retribution hardly wavered after a free and fair Nicaraguan election held in 1990 repudiated the Sandinistas in favor of a centrist coalition led by Violeta Chamorro. So, reviled by the right, and left by the Left, he seemed to me to just the right kind of person to report honestly on the thorny issue of the conflict between Muslim immigrants and various European nations.
So I bought his book hoping for a balanced approach and that’s exactly what I got. The book is a loosely structured piece of comparative political research. It centers on the terrorist plots and communal riots that took place post 9/11 in France, Britain, and Germany. He segues at times into helpful analyses of the several and quite distinct ways in which Moslem activists have attempted to relate to and/or confront the West and he does it with clarity and objectivity. If I read him correctly, the Brits are too soft, the French too hard, and the Germans have been closest to pleasing Goldilocks.
Instead of flogging long dead Marxist horses via post-modern follies and beating the identity politics drum, academic researchers might usefully be exploring the roots of the dysfunction that seems all too often to occur when unsophisticated rural people land in ultra-sophisticated urban places . The literature once featured well researched papers that brought out the nearly inevitable problems former Black sharecroppers from the deep South experienced when they tried to adjust to life in St. Louis, Detroit, and Chicago (at the same time middle class Blacks were doing rather well in Philadelphia, New York, and Boston), and rural Pakistanis who made and put away money in the de-industrialized regions of the UK but whose children found themselves exploited as family slaves and rejected by hip (and yes, degenerate) British teens.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Interesting contribution to the ongoing discourse about Islam and its impact of the world system. Dec 15 2014
By Bebka - Published on Amazon.com
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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.


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