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"¡Mezquita No!: the origins of mosque opposition in Spain
Astor, Avi
Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Departament de Ciències Polí­tiques i Socials
This paper examines why mosque opposition has been more frequent in Catalonia than in other Spanish regions. A comparison is conducted between the metropolitan areas of Barcelona, where opposition has been most prevalent, and Madrid, where it has been strikingly absent. A relational approach is employed to highlight the factors in Barcelona that have complicated the reception of mosques and the populations they serve. These factors include pronounced socio-spatial divisions and a lack of confidence in the state's commitment to managing the challenges that accompany immigration. The prevalence of these factors in Barcelona has resulted in the integration of mosque debates into more general struggles over urban privilege and state recognition, explaining the high degree of opposition. These findings highlight the importance of studying conflicts related to religious and cultural diversification in context, as such conflicts are inextricably linked to the lived spaces and local structures in which they develop.
2010-03-08
Islamisme -- Catalunya
Ârabs -- Catalunya
Immigrants -- Catalunya
Gestió de conflictes -- Aspectes religiosos
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