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As a follow up to the "Summit Meeting," students should meet in their small groups and assess the strengths and weaknesses of the other groups' recommendations. Through discussion and analysis, they can review their own conclusions, make any necessary revisions, and propose recommendations on what course of action the U.S., European governments and Muslims living in Europe might take to improve the situation.
Assign students to review some of the actions taken or proposed in Europe to control the rising Muslim immigration population. Have them determine what civil rights violations these actions might create. Then have students assess the value of these proposals with their potential for civil rights violations weighed against the need to protect national security. Information on the rights enumerated in the European Constitution can be found at [URL: http://europa.eu.int/eur-lex/lex/JOHtml.do?uri=OJ:C:2004:310:SOM:EN:HTML Click on "Part II: The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the Union".]
Assign the article "Muslim-Christian Ties in Europe: Past, Present and Future" found on the Islam Online Web site [URL: http://www.islamonline.net/english/Contemporary/2004/03/Article01.shtml]. This article, written by Dr. Hans Koechler, Chairman of the Philosophy Department at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, reviews the history of Islamic-Christian relations in Europe, the role of both Islam and Christianity in shaping community relations in Europe, and the present state and future prospects of Islamic-Christian relations in Europe. Have students review the article and write a paper summarizing the three parts of the article (This activity is recommended for AP classes but could be modified for other classes as well).