Europe’s open-door immigration policies could draw potentially millions of Muslims into Europe from the Middle East and North Africa.
From Britain to Greece, and Spain to Slovenia, Muslim immigration and the accompanying rise of Islam are transforming the European way of life in ways unimaginable only a few years ago. What follows is a brief survey of 20 noteworthy stories involving Islam in Europe during just the month of September 2013.
The Reykjavík City Council has approved a building permit for the construction of the first mosque in Iceland.
Construction crews in Copenhagen have raised Denmark’s first minaret—the finishing touch on a colossal project to build the biggest mega-mosque in Scandinavia.
Hundreds of Muslim immigrants have rampaged through parts of the Swedish capital of Stockholm, torching cars and buses, setting fires, and hurling rocks at police.
Lars Hedegaard, a well-known free speech activist and critic of Islam, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt outside his home in Copenhagen.Hedegaard has been at the vanguard of a decade-long effort to fight back against restrictions to free speech in Europe, especially speech that is critical of Islam.
The Dutch parliament has approved a motion to revoke a law that makes insulting God a crime. Free speech activists say the move represents a significant victory at a time when Muslim groups are stepping up pressure on European governments to criminalize the criticism of Islam and/or Mohammed.
Muslim immigrants in a town near Copenhagen have forced the cancellation of traditional Christmas displays this year even while spending lavishly on the Islamic Eid celebration marking the end of Ramadan.
Muslim protests over an American-made anti-Islamic YouTube film, Innocence of Muslims, have spread to more European cities.
A mosque in Stockholm has received initial approval to begin sounding public prayer calls from its minaret, the first time such permission has ever been granted in Sweden.
Finland’s political map has been redrawn in the aftermath of parliamentary elections on April 17, when the nationalist True Finns Party won more votes than the governing party and now stands on the cusp of political power.