English title: Muslim Calvinism. Internal security and the Lisbon Process in Europe
Author(s): Arno Tausch - K. Müller - Christian Bischof -
Type: Book (monograph)
This book systematically evaluates the freely available data, contained in international open sources, such as the European Social Survey, on the problems of Islam, migration, the shadow economy, internal security, and social policy in Europe in the framework of international trends. This book is the attempt to try to present an interpretation pattern for the complex reality of poverty; social exclusion, religious and societal values, and day to day contact of different population groups in Europe with the law. Inward migration is a very considerable factor of economic growth in the world system. In the long run, the recipient countries enormously benefit. On the other hand, income inequality is being “transferred” from the poor to the rich countries. Pushing the frontiers of knowledge about Europe’s Muslim communities, the mainstream of Europe’s islamophobic decision makers are being asked in this book in terms of their alternatives for continued Muslim migration to a quickly aging Europe. In 2004, Europe’s natural population increase was just 400.000 children, while the population increase due to immigration was 1 900 000 human beings. Europe is thus bound to have a more active and long-term positive immigration policy. It would be simply unworkable to leave the neighboring contiguous regions of the Middle East and North Africa out in the “dark”, and to exclude the human potential of countries like Turkey because of short-sighted and unfounded Islamophobia. It turns out that Europe’s Muslim population, already today, is already more Euro-enthusiastic than their non-Muslim counterparts. The generally optimistic results of this quantitative study are in line with recent very sophisticated and advanced quantitative research results, especially by authors from the neo-liberal school of thinking, who maintain that instead of engaging in a culturalist discourse about the general “disadvantages” of Islam, Europe rather should talk about economic-growth-enhancing migration, property rights, discrimination against minorities on the labor markets, and that by and large, Islam is well compatible with democracy and economic growth.
Number of pages: 248