Introduction: ‘Public Islam’ and the Nordic Welfare State: Changing Realities?
ResuméThis is not a stand-alone article but the introduction to the special issue ‘Public Islam and the Nordic Welfare State: Changing Realities?’ The introduction surveys the emergence of the Nordic welfare state model with the Reformation and its development to the present day, focusing on religion, welfare and institutional order, and how national identities correspond and change with the institutional orders, as they develop. Included in this survey is the academic debate about de-secularization, actualized in the European and Nordic contexts by immigration of Muslims. It is argued that the Nordic states are moving towards an increasingly secularized institutional order and national identity, which in itself explains why Muslims are publicly perceived as a potentially problematic group.
Mårtensson, U. (2014). Introduction: ‘Public Islam’ and the Nordic Welfare State: Changing Realities?. Tidsskrift for Islamforskning, 8(1), 4–55. https://doi.org/10.7146/tifo.v8i1.25322