During the last six years, a team of scholars, researchers and religious leaders in Europe and the USA worked tirelessly, organising over seventy discussion groups that included members of the local Muslim communities. This volume presents for the first time the result of their work, developed in collaboration with the Anglican Observer to the United Nations. All discussions were designed to explore different views, rather than to reach a common position. The overall aim of the project is to provide a window on the rich and diverse world of “Western Islam”, by connecting directly with the everyday life of Muslim citizens in Britain, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, the United States and Canada.

The Honorable Amédée E. Turner is Queen’s Counsel and Honorary Member of the European Parliament. From 1979 to 1994, he served as a Member of the European Parliament for Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom, and he has published numerous studies for the European Commission. A barrister since 1952, he was named Queen’s Counsel in 1976.

Davide Tacchini, Ph.D. is currently Research Fellow / Project Coordinator at the Friedrich-Schiller- Universität (Jena Center for Reconciliation Studies) in Jena, Germany and Adjunct Professor of Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Parma, Italy. He has also been Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies and Christian- Muslim relations at Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT, USA. His work, in the fields of Radical Islam, Islam in the West and Christian-Muslim Relations has been widely published in Europe and the U.S.A.