Last weekend, Swiss voters approved a Constitutional referendum banning the construction of prayer towers for Muslim mosques. The referendum- which passed with a majority of 57.5 percent- has been interpreted as a sign of a broader European anxiety about Islam and immigration. We explore what the vote says about religion and multiculturalism in the West, and compare the debates taking place in Europe and the United States.


  • Justin Hane Journalist, Swiss Broadcasting Corporation
  • John Esposito University Professor, Professor of Religion and International Affairs, Professor of Islamic Studies and Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University
  • Dalia Mogahed Senior Analyst and Executive Director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies

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