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Tiesler, N. C.; Lavado, S. (2019), 'Muslim Migration Intelligence and Individual Attitudes toward Muslims in Present-day Portugal' in: Martikainen, T; Mapril, J.; Khan, A. H. (eds.), Muslims at the Margins of Europe: Finland, Greece, Ireland and Portugal, Leiden, Brill, pp. 180–197.

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Type of publication

Academic article

Geographical coverage


Area/location of interest

Not applicable - national level

Type of Institution



The Netherlands, Nina Clara Tiesler and Susana Lavado, Brill.

Main Thematic Focus

Public perceptions & attitudes

Target Population


Key findings

The main goal of this chapter is to understand the reasons why the contemporary Muslim presence in Portugal has not raised major tensions among the population, attracted the attention of the media on a regular basis or has been put at the top of the political and research agenda. The authors analyse the public image of the Portuguese Muslim community. Portuguese data suggest a discrepancy between attitudes specifically toward the Muslim community and attitudes toward Muslims and Islam as more abstract categories. For example, the authors point out that in Portugal individual attitudes towards Muslims are not unfavorouble. However, this can be a result of the small number of Muslims in Portugal or their lack of visibility, namely due to the silence surrounding the community. On the other hand, Portuguese citizens still see Islam as a religion that supports values different from what they consider Portuguese values and associate Muslims with terrorism.

Methodology (Qualitative/Quantitative and exact type used, questionnaires etc)

Qualitative analysis of the results of the Group-Focused Enmity in Europe.

Sample details and representativeness


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