The interview with Armina Omerika emerged in the context of the Prisma Ukraïna workshop “At Home: Jews and Muslims in Eastern Europe”, 28–29 June 2018, Forum Transregionale Studien Berlin.Excerpt: “In times of the so-called “refugee crisis”, the role of Islam in Europe has become a highly controversial issue. What can the history and the presence of Muslims in Eastern Europe tell us about this complex relationship, and can it add new perspectives?
Maybe the first insight would indeed be the complexity of that relationship Islam-Europe. When taking into consideration the historical presence of Muslims in Europe, in the whole of Europe, the dichotomy Islam-Europe, which is not new, but has been revived and even augmented during these last years, is at least shaken, if not seriously called into question. We are not talking about some immigrant groups here, but about population groups with century-long traditions and as such being part of Europe, historically, culturally, politically and in many other ways.”