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European OthersQueering Ethnicity in Postnational Europe$
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Fatima El-Tayeb

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816670154

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816670154.001.0001

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Muslim Europeans, Female Bodies, and Performative Politics

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European Others

Fatima El-Tayeb

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter provides a comparative analysis between European and Muslim communities. This comparative analysis shows that Europeans are in the forefront, while the Muslims are regarded as inferior. The inferiority view on Muslims can be seen by how women and homosexuals are treated in Muslim communities. The influential Christian identity in Europe also explains why European countries such as Denmark and Netherlands find it hard to accept Muslim communities in their territorial spaces. This chapter then explores European Muslim communities, particularly those of Muslim youths which include violent Muslim men and veiled young Muslim women, by considering the Muslims’ culture and gender performances.

Keywords:   European Muslims, atypical ethnicity, normative sexuality, nonnormative sexuality, gender performances, liberal feminism

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