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 in order 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.
Preface: Between Convivencia and Malafollá: Coexistence or Exclusion?
Introduction: Andalusian Encounters and the Politics of Islam
1. Historical Anxiety and Everyday Historiography
2. Paradoxes of Muslim Belonging and Difference
3. Muslim Disneyland and Moroccan Danger Zones: Islam, Race, and Space
4. A Reluctant Convivencia: Minority Representation and Unequal Multiculturalism
5. Embodied Encounters: Gender, Islam, and Public Space
Conclusion: Granada Moored and Unmoored
"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
"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
"Of all the book’s persuasive arguments, what stands out is Rogozen-Soltar’s careful engagement of the heterogeneity of Granada’s Muslim community and her attention to the ways disparity figures into Muslims’ relations with one another as much as their encounters with others. An insightful study of multiculturalism and religion in Europe, relevant to scholars, students, and general readers."