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Myriam François & Bethsabée Souris

Al-Andalus’ lessons for contemporary European models of integration

With the rise of religious divisiveness in Europe, Dr. Myriam Francois and Bethsabée Souris ask the pressing question: How can European governments foster greater peaceful coexistence among people of differing religious beliefs? By looking back to the Al-Andalus model of governance – where Muslims, Christians and Jews flourished together in relative peace – they argue that European nations could move towards a new model of religions integration where the state accommodates minorities’ practices and identities while fostering inter-group relations and cooperation. By drawing on the example of the Al-Andalus model, European governments would create a system that respects and protects the identities and practices of people of belief.