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Muslims in Italy

Maria Adele Roggero

in Muslims in the West

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195148053
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849277 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148053.003.0009
Muslims in Italy

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From a historical point of view, the Italian peninsula has been exposed to Islamic influence since the beginning of the Muslim age, initially through acts of piracy from North Africa, then with the full-fledged Muslim conquest of Sicily and part of southern Italy. Throughout the Middle Ages, Islam continued to make its influence felt in Italy through traders, travelers, and plunderers, with its effects felt in commerce, language, and culture. This chapter describes the post-World War II phenomenon of Muslim immigration in Italy. Over the past twenty years, this immigration has reached a very significant level, both numerically and in terms of its cultural impact. Muslim immigrants are interacting with all aspects of Italian society: religious, social, occupational, educational, cultural, institutional, and so on. Muslims in some cases are even influencing the conversion of Italians to Islam.

Keywords: Italian peninsula; North Africa; Sicily; Italy; Muslims; immigration; Islam; immigrants

Chapter.  6938 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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