Muslims and the Making of Modern Europe shows that Muslims were citizens of modern Europe from its beginning and, in the process, rethinks Europe itself.
Muslims are neither newcomers nor outsiders in Europe. In the twentieth century, they have been central to the continent’s political development and the evolution of its traditions of equality and law.
From 1878 into the period following World War II, over a million Ottoman Muslims became citizens of new European states. In Muslims and the Making of Modern Europe, Emily Greble follows the fortunes and misfortunes of several generations of these indigenous men, women and children; merchants,
peasants, and landowners; muftis and preachers; teachers and students; believers and non-believers from seaside port towns on the shores of the Adriatic to mountainous villages in the Balkans. Drawing on a wide range of archives from government ministries in state capitals to madrasas in provincial
towns, Greble uncovers Muslims’ negotiations with state authorities–over the boundaries of Islamic law, the nature of religious freedom, and the meaning of minority rights. She shows how their story is Europe’s story: Muslims navigated the continent’s turbulent passage from imperial order through
the interwar political experiments of liberal democracy and authoritarianism to the ideological programs of fascism, socialism, and communism. In doing so, they shaped the grand narratives upon which so much of Europe’s fractious present now rests.
Muslims and the Making of Modern Europe offers a striking new account of the history of citizenship and nation-building, the emergence of minority rights, and the character of secularism.
About the Author
Emily Greble is Associate Professor of History and Russian and East European Studies at Vanderbilt University. She is the author of Sarajevo, 1941-1945: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Hitler’s Europe.
Table of Contents
Glossary of Islamic Terms
List of Foreign Place Names
Part I: The Long Post-Ottoman Transition, 1878-1921
Chapter 1: Muslim Rights and Political Belonging after the Congress of Berlin
Chapter 2: Confessional Sovereignty and the Formation of a Muslim Legal Other
Chapter 3: Survival and Autonomy: Lessons of the Balkan Wars and the First World War
Chapter 4: Second or Third Class Citizens: Becoming Minorities after World War I
Part II: Yugoslav Experiments in Nation-Building, 1918-1941
Chapter 5: The Shari’a Mandate and Yugoslav Nation-Building
Chapter 6: “The Bonfire of Muslim Unity”: Misfortunes of Yugoslav Democracy and Authoritarianism
Chapter 7: Islamic Legal Revivalism and the Crisis of Europe
Part III: War and Political Reordering, 1941-1949
Chapter 8: “Back to Islam!”: The Promise and Possibility of Hitler’s Europe
Chapter 9: The Eradication of the Shari’a Legal Order in Tito’s Yugoslavia
Title: Muslims and the Making of Modern Europe
Author(s): Emily Greble
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Length: 360 pages
Pub. Date: 27 January 2022