Islam and Secularity: The Future of Europe's Public Sphere
Nilüfer Göle is Professor of Sociology at the Centre d'Études Sociologiques et Politiques Raymond Aron and the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris). She is the author of Islam in Europe: The Lure of Fundamentalism and the Allure of Cosmopolitanism and editor of Islam and Public Controversy in Europe.
Public Culture, Art, and Islam: Turkish-Delight in Vienna
Far from being a static receptacle and neutral to power relations, the public space is always resignified through performativity, conflict, and confrontation. Focusing on a statue by German artist Olaf Metzel, Turkish Delight, a naked woman with headscarf that was exhibited in the public garden of the Kunsthalle Museum in Vienna in 2007, this chapter examines the artistic scene as an interactive but contentious space between diverse cultures and publics. This statue violates the intimacy and piety of a Muslim woman by exposing her nakedness to the public gaze at the same time that it seeks ways to relate...