|Belgian Muslim women protesting a head-scarf ban|
|Redouane Ahrouch (left) and Lhoucine Aït Jeddig (right)|
|Map showing density of Muslim population in different European countries.|
If Catalonia were independent, it would be colored dark green, like France and Belgium.
|Members of the far-right Flemish-separatist political party Vlaams Belang holding an anti-Mulsim rally|
|A Belgian cartoonist’s paranoid view of history.|
(By the way, shouldn’t it show an American kicking the Nazi out of Belgium?)
Maybe, however, their illiberal proposals can provoke a discussion that will bring both cultures toward a more moderate middle ground.
Probably not, actually, but it’s a nice thought.
[For those who are wondering, yes, this blog is tied in with my forthcoming book, a sort of encyclopedic atlas to be published by Litwin Books under the title Let’s Split! A Complete Guide to Separatist Movements and Aspirant Nations, from Abkhazia to Zanzibar. (That is shorter than the previous working title.) The book, which contains 46 maps and 554 flags (or, more accurately, 554 flag images), will be on shelves and available on Amazon on March 1, 2015. I will be keeping readers posted of further publication news. Meanwhile, please “like” the book (even though you haven’t read it yet) on Facebook and see this special announcement for more information on the book.]