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date: 05 December 2020

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The chapter discusses available data, empirical research, and recent literature on Italian Islam since the 1990s. To date existing studies mainly focus on how Italian Muslims have faced the lack of inclusion policies and Islamophobia, their ethnic heterogeneity and plural religiosity, and the leading role of young Muslims in the battle for citizenship, access, and visibility in the public space. The failure of the institutional recognition of Italian Islam is discussed and linked to Italian ambiguities and contradictions such as the complex relationship between state and religion or the lack of government inclusion policies. While radicalism and Islamic movements remain marginal, social interactions with the local civil society at all levels and interfaith dialogue abound.

Keywords: Islam, Islamophobia, Italy, young Muslims, religious pluralism, government policies, civil society, ethnic pluralism

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