Muslims in Britain

Hackett, S and Malik, I (2018) 'Muslims in Britain.' In: Hackett, S and Malik, I, eds. Muslims and Western Europe in the modern era: contemporary debates in historical perspective. Bloomsbury, London. ISBN 9781474291941


Attempts are often made by academics, media pundits, policymakers and members of the general public to capture various aspects of the integration and accommodation of Islam and Muslims in what is a growlingly multi-ethnic Britain. Yet what is often absent from these deliberations is the deep-rooted multi-layered and historical interchange between Britain and Muslims which, amongst other factors, comprises religio-political developments in the wake of the Crusades and colonisation, and the influences and legacies of the aftermath of the British Empire, the contested terrains of Orientalism, and the Muslim troops who fought for Britain in its global wars. In other words, whilst the post-1945 period is distinctive with regards to the scale of Muslim migration, there is a far more historically entrenched series of encounters between Britain and Muslims. This chapter will contend that this historical relationship should not be confined to the past, but rather merits recognition beyond narrow academic circles as a result of the manner in which it has shaped recent and on-going experiences and debates. In doing so, it will offer an unparalleled assessment of Muslims in Britain that extends to, but is not limited to, identity formation, racialisation, media portrayals, education, Islamophobia and Muslim religiosity.

Item Type: Book Chapter or Section
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General)
Divisions: College of Liberal Arts
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2018 14:50
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2018 15:06
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