Migration – A New Normal

A Muslim Perspective

in European Judaism
Amira Abdin SOAS University of London, UK

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This article aims to answer the following questions: how do we define religion? What does the Qur'anic text say about pluralism? The article looks at verses of the Qur'an that deal with the value of the human being and verses that deal with pluralism. In the Qur'an, away from the historical narrative we find that interaction between people should be based on respect, equality and dignity. We look at the current situation of immigrants and host countries and how both should deal with it, how the socio-political situation encouraged Europe to accept these migrants. How are the migrants dealing with their new life and their responsibility to their new country, and what is the responsibility of the host country towards the immigrants? The situation of the immigrants is difficult for them as well as for their host countries. Both should work hard on integration and at facilitating mutual respect and acceptance.

Contributor Notes

Amira Abdin is Palestinian British. Born and raised in Jerusalem, she later moved and lived in many countries and continents. She has a BA and MA in Islamic Studies from SOAS in London, and has taught Islamic Studies at Leo Baeck College. She is an active participant in, and has been on the team of, the Jewish Christian Muslim conference in Germany.

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