Spain Unmoored

Spain Unmoored : Migration, Conversion, and the Politics of Islam

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Long viewed as Spain's "most Moorish city," Granada is now home to a growing Muslim population of Moroccan migrants and European converts to Islam. Mikaela H. Rogozen-Soltar examines how various residents of Granada mobilize historical narratives about the city's Muslim past in order to navigate tensions surrounding contemporary ethnic and religious pluralism. Focusing particular attention on the gendered, racial, and political dimensions of this new multiculturalism, Rogozen-Soltar explores how Muslim-themed tourism and Islamic cultural institutions coexist with anti-Muslim more

Product details

  • Hardback | 290 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20.57mm | 598.74g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 table
  • 0253024749
  • 9780253024749

Review quote

"An impressively accomplished ethnography of the ambivalent inclusion and exclusion of Islam and Muslims in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. Detailing a set of social encounters between migrant Muslims, Spanish Muslim converts, and non-Muslim Granadians, Rogozen-Soltar successfully charts the 'unequal multiculturalism' resulting from the peripheral city's harnessing of a historical narrative of convivencia to its claims for a privileged position within Spanish and European cosmopolitan modernity." -Paul Silverstein, author of Algeria in France: Transpolitics, Race, and Nation "This is a deeply engaged and timely study of the contradictions of Muslim belonging in Granada, Spain. Rogozen-Soltar's writing bespeaks a commitment not only to the craft of ethnography but to an ethical position that endows her interlocutors with great humanity. In an era of misunderstanding and intolerance, Spain Unmoored is not only a valuable contribution to the growing literature on Islam in Europe but also a model of question-driven yet empirically engaged and compassionate research. Brava!" -Jonathan H. Shannon, Hunter College, CUNYshow more

About Mikaela H. Rogozen-Soltar

Mikaela H. Rogozen-Soltar is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada Reno. Her research focuses on the intersections of religion, migration, historical memory, and gender in the more

Table of contents

Preface: Between Convivencia and Malafolla: Coexistence or Exclusion?AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Andalusian Encounters and the Politics of Islam1. Historical Anxiety and Everyday Historiography2. Paradoxes of Muslim Belonging and Difference3. Muslim Disneyland and Moroccan Danger Zones: Islam, Race, and Space4. A Reluctant Convivencia: Minority Representation and Unequal Multiculturalism5. Embodied Encounters: Gender, Islam, and Public SpaceConclusion: Granada Moored and UnmooredBibliographyIndexshow more