European Muslim Antisemitism: Why Young Urban Males Say They Don't Like Jews

Günther Jikeli (Author)


Antisemitism from Muslims has become a serious issue in Western Europe, although not often acknowledged as such. Looking for insights into the views and rationales of young Muslims toward Jews, G nther Jikeli and his colleagues interviewed 117 ordinary Muslim men in London (chiefly of South Asian background), Paris (chiefly North African), and Berlin (chiefly Turkish). The researchers sought information about stereotypes of Jews, arguments used to support hostility toward Jews, the role played by the Middle East conflict and Islamist ideology in perceptions of Jews, the possible sources of antisemitic views, and, by contrast, what would motivate Muslims to actively oppose antisemitism. They also learned how the men perceive discrimination and exclusion as well as their own national identification. This study is rich in qualitative data that will mark a significant step along the path toward a better understanding of contemporary antisemitism in Europe.

Product Details

Indiana University Press
Publish Date
February 16, 2015
6.3 X 1.0 X 9.1 inches | 1.4 pounds

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About the Author

Günther Jikeli is a research fellow at the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies, Potsdam University and at the Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (GSRL/CNRS), Paris.


"As Gunther Jikeli argues in his compelling new book, there is a 'research gap' on Muslim antisemitism in Europe. Although there have been surveys investigating Muslim attitudes to Jews, there is very little fine-grained, detailed research on this issue... Jikeli has uncovered a disturbing phenomenon but not a hopeless one. European Muslim antisemitism is not set in stone and, through the efforts of scholars such as Jikeli, by investigating it in more detail we can develop responses accordingly.5/8/15"

--Jewish Chronicle

"European Muslim Antisemitism is data, research, and analysis all wrapped into one in a compelling and digestible volume."

--Jewish Book Council

"European Muslim Antisemitism is a brilliantly researched and highly accessible book. It makes a valuable contribution to an ongoing scholarly and moral debate on anti-Semitism. It is a book that should be read by everyone - especially students, scholars and policymakers interested in Muslim-Jewish relations7/16/15"

--Times Higher Education

"This thorough, well-presented, social scientific study focuses on the causes of anti-Semitic violence largely carried out by young Muslim males.... Jikeli... performs an important service for those who seek answers to an extremely troubling problem.... Essential."


"There is a great deal of empirical data in this academic study that will be useful to track general patterns of anti-Semitism, and anti-Jewish behavior in Europe. The specific nature of this book makes its most suitable for an academic audience or groups working with discrimination against Jewish communities."

--AJL Reviews

"What do European Muslims actually think about Jews? Too little is known about the subject, so Günther Jikeli is to be heartily thanked for his pioneering and earnest efforts to supply some basic empirical evidence in European Muslim Antisemitsm.... Jikeli has gone to great efforts to make human contact with his subejcts, and his tact and his obvious empathy are much to his credit."

--Times Literary Supplement

"A milestone in the scholarly investigation of this phenomenon [i.e., European Muslim antisemitism] is the new book of the historian Günther Jikeli, the leading German expert on this subject.... His book has the potential to be the standard work [on its subject]."

--Juedische Allgemeine

"Jikeli should be commended for bringing the deep-rooted issues of antiSemitism, and especially the denial, relativism, and unabashed support of the Holocaust, back to serious attention."

--AJS Review

"Jikeli presents the most thorough and systematic study of his topic to date. He writes pellucidly and calmly. The topic aside, his book is a pleasure to read."

--Reading Religion