Hello, I’m writing to announce my recently published book, Spain Unmoored: Migration, Conversion, and the Politics of Islam (2017, Indiana University Press, Public Cultures of the Middle East series). It may be of particular interest to those working on or teaching about contemporary debates about Islam and Gender in Europe.
From the press:
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 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 sentiments.
"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, CUNY