Muslims in Britain: Race, Place and Identities

Muslims in Britain: Race, Place and Identities

By: Peter Hopkins (editor), Richard Gale (editor)Paperback

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Following the events of 11th September 2001 in the USA, and more especially, the bombings on the London underground on 7th July 2005 and the incident at Glasgow Airport on 30th June 2007, an increasing amount of public attention has been focused upon Muslims in Britain. Against the backdrop of this debate, this book sets out a series of innovative insights into the everyday lives of Muslims living in contemporary Britain, in an attempt to move beyond prevalent stereotypes concerning what it means to be 'Muslim'. Combining original empirical research with theoretical interventions, this collection offers a range of reflections on how Muslims in Britain negotiate their everyday lives, manage experiences of racism and exclusion, and develop local networks and global connections. The authors explore a broad range of themes including gender relations; educational and economic issues; migration and mobility; religion and politics; racism and Islamophobia; and the construction and contestation of Muslim identities. Threaded through the treatment of these themes is a unifying concern with the ways in which geography matters to how Muslims negotiate their daily experiences as well as their racialised, gendered and religious identities. Above all, attention is focused upon the role of the home and local community, the influence of the economy and the nation, and the power of transnational connections and mobilities in the everyday lives of Muslims in Britain. Includes contributions from: Louise Archer, Yahya Birt, Sophie Bowlby, Claire Dwyer, Richard Gale, Peter Hopkins, Lily Kong, Sally Lloyd-Evans, Sean McLoughlin, Sharmina Mawani, Tariq Modood, Anjoom Mukadam, Caroline Nagel, Deborah Phillips, Bindi Shah, and Lynn Staeheli

About Author

Lecturer in Social Geography at the University of Newcastle. Richard Gale was a University Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Birmingham. Now he is a lecturer at the School of City and Regional Planning at the University of Cardiff.


1. Introduction: Muslims in Britain, Peter Hopkins (University of Lancaster) and Richard Gale (University of Birmingham); Section 1: Gender, Place and Culture; 2. Creating Home-Spaces: Young British Muslim Women's Identity and Conceptualisation of Home, Deborah Phillips (University of Leeds); 3. 'You Seem Very Westernised to Me': Place, Identity and Othering of Muslim Workers in the UK Labour Market, Sophie Bowlby and Sally Lloyd-Evans (University of Reading); 4. Rethinking the Identities of Young British Pakistani Muslim Women: Educational Experiences and Aspirations, Claire Dwyer and Bindi Shah (University College London); 5. Race, 'Face' and Masculinity: The Identities and Local Geographies of Muslim Boys, Louise Archer (Kings College London); Section 2: Landscapes, Communities and Networks; 6. British Arab Perspectives on Religion, Politics and 'the Public', Caroline Nagel (University of South Carolina) and Lynn Staeheli (University of Edinburgh); 7. The Multicultural City and the Politics of Religious Architecture: Urban Planning, Mosques and Meaning-Making in Birmingham, Richard Gale (University of Birmingham); 8. Holy Places, Contested Spaces: British-Pakistani Accounts of Pilgrimage to Makkah and Medinah, Sean McLoughlin (University of Leeds); 9. Excess Baggage or Precious Gems? The Migration of Cultural Commodoties, Anjoom Mukadam and Sharmina Mawani (Ismaili Studies Institute, London); Section 3: Religion, Race and Difference; 10. Situating Muslim Geographies: Theory and Praxis, Lily Kong (National University of Singapore); 11. Muslims and the Politics of Difference, Tariq Modood (University of Bristol); 12. Islamophobia in the Construction of British Muslim Identity Politics, Jonathan Birt (Islamic Foundation, UK); Afterword, Peter Hopkins and Richard Gale.

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  • ISBN13: 9780748625888
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9780748625888
  • weight: 378
  • ISBN10: 0748625887

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