Introduction: The Politics of Veiling in Comparative Perspective.
The article focuses on the state of Islam in 2007. Particular attention is given to the international awareness and interest in Muslim populations after the U.S. terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. This interest has only increased due to the ongoing war on terror and the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The author reports that a rapid growth of Muslim populations has taken place in major cities around the world due to immigration, conversion to Islam, and natural population growth. Article topics include the struggle of Western countries to incorporate Muslim communities into secular societies, due to conflicting values that are often at odds with Islamic beliefs and hostile members.
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