Montag, 27. Oktober 2014, 18:00 - 20:00 iCal

Religion, Citizenship and the Military

Integrating Islam into European Armed Forces

Sitzungssaal des Dekanats der Kath.-Theol. Fakultät, Hauptgebäude, Stiege 2
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien


How do the militaries in Western European countries and the USA adapt to the needs of Muslim citizens and why? Do national models of church state relations have an impact on the measures taken or does the “institutional culture” of the military make a bigger difference? Ines Michalowski and Christophe Bertossi tackle these issues and present evidence from their recent empirical studies. While Michalowski compares five European countries and the USA and inquires into the symbolic nature of integration measures, Bertossi focuses on the case of France, where surprising policy changes to integrate Islam within the context of laicité makes for an exciting case study.

- Ines Michalowski is Senior Researcher at the WZB Berlin Social Science Center and guest professor at the Department of Political Science of the University of Vienna.

- Christophe Bertossi is the director of the Centre for Migrations and Citizenship at the French Institute for International Relations (Ifri) in Paris and lecturer in political science at the Sciences Po Paris. Among his recent publications, he is the co-editor of “European States and their Muslim Citizens: How institutions Shape Perceptions and Boundaries” (Cambridge University Press).


Forschungsplattform Religion and Transformation in Contemporary European Society


Julia Mourao Permoser
Forschungsplattform Religion and Transformation in Contemporary European Society