DEC 07. 2017
Ahmet Evin: Muslims in Europe - Integration or Isolation?

Lecturer: Ahmet Evin (Sabanci University, IASK)

Venue: IASK Kőszeg 9730 Chernel st. 14 Bibó Auditorium

Date: on the 07th of December 2017 at 2.00 p.m. 


Muslims in Europe: Integration or Isolation? 

Europe's growing Muslim population has become a subject of debate and controversy over the past decade. Several factors have contributed to the heightened attention on the question of Islam in Europe and, correspondingly, to misconceptions surrounding that question. One is the reoccurring crisis of serious jihadi terrorism across the European space; another is the unruly behavior, if not outright criminal activities, of economic opportunity seekers disguised as refugees.

Although Europe had a long history of co-existence and exchange with Islam, and although the current European discourse on Islam is significantly shaped by received notions from that long history, the present considerations are notably different from those of the past. The main question now is whether Muslim communities in Europe are able and willing to integrate into European society. The appeal of Muslim particularism seems to be on the rise, particularly among the Muslim population in Western Europe. At present the broad apprehension in European public opinion is heightened by the existence of immigrant groups that are unable or unwilling to integrate. In approaching that question, a distinction will be made between "visible" and "invisible" Muslim communities in the European context. It will be argued that while the "invisible" (integrated) Muslims do not attract much attention, the "visible" communities place cultural differences in bold perspective and thus reinforce the popular perception in Europe of associating Muslim communities with jihadi culture. In this respect, the isolationist and particularist influences of the so-called Muslim intellectuals reinforce the sense of separateness among European Muslims, a point that will be emphasized in the lecture. 

Book launch of Attila Pók
"Remembering and Forgetting Communism in Hungary"

Presented by: 
László Borhy - Hungarian Academy of Sciences
Arnold Suppan - Austrian Academy of Sciences
Patrick Pasture - Co-Director Centre for European Studies University of KU Leuven

Date: on 7th of December at 3.30 p.m.

Venue: Zwinger, Kőszeg 9730 Chernel st. 16.
Book launch of Patrick Pasture
"Imagining European Unity since 1000 AD"

Presented by: Attila Pók - iASK senior research fellow, Hungarian Academy of Sciences 

Date: on 7th of December at 4.15 p.m.

Venue: Zwinger, Kőszeg 9730 Chernel st. 16.

Concert of the Esterhazy Trio

Venue: third floor event hall of the main building of the Dr. Nagy László EGYMI Kőszeg (Kőszeg, Kiss J. St. 31)

Date: at 17.30 on Thursday 7th December 2017


Concert programme:

Franz Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2

Franz Liszt: Tristia - La vallée d'Obermann

Franz Liszt: "Carnival in Pest" / Rhapsody No. 9


Esterhazy Trio:

Ernő Sebestyén violinist
Tamás Mérei cellist 
Ferenc Bognár pianist