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This edited collection is a cogent exploration of how the events of September 11 and the subsequent war on terror have impacted on the lived experiences of British South Asian Muslims in a number of important spheres, namely, religious and ethnic identity, citizenship, Islamophobia, gender and education, radicalism, media and political representation. The contributors to this volume are specialists in the fields of sociology, social geography, anthropology, theology and law. Each of the chapters explores the positions of South Asian Muslims from different analytical perspectives based on various methodological approaches. A number of the chapters carry primary empirical analysis, therefore making this one of the most pertinent compilations in this field. Other contributions are more discursive, providing valuable polemics on the current positions of British South Asian Muslims.
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Table of Contents

Foreword - Professor Tariq Modood Part I: From Islam to British Muslims? 1. British South Asian Muslims: State and Multicultural Society - Tahir Abbas 2. Muslims in the UK - Ceri Peach 3. Muslims in Britain: Issues, Policy and Practice - Muhammad Anwar Part II: Islamophobia, Identity Politics and State Multiculturalism 1. From Race to Religion: The New Face of Discrimination - Chris Allen 2. Negotiating British Citizenship and Muslim Identity - Ron Geaves 3. In the Shadow of September 11: Multiculturalism and Identity Politics - Stephen Lyon 4. Lobbying and Marching: British Muslims and the State - Jonathan Birt Part III: Media Representation, Gender and Radical Islam 1. Reading between the Lines - Muslims and the Media - Tahira Sameera Ahmed 2. Educating Muslim Girls: Do Mothers Have Faith in the State Sector? - Audrey Osler and Zahida Hussain 3. Attitudes to Jihad, Martyrdom and Terrorism among British Muslims - Humayun Ansari 4. '(Re)turn to Religion' and Radical Islam - Parveen Akhtar Part IV: Temporal and Spatial Ethnic and Religious Identities 1. All Quiet on the Eastern Front? Bangladeshi Reactions in Tower Hamlets - Halima Begum and John Eade 2. Tower Hamlets - Insulation in Isolation - Nilufar Ahmed 3. Flying the Flag for England? Citizenship, Religion and Cultural Identity among British Pakistani Muslims - Yasmin Hussain and Paul Bagguley 4. Pakistanis in Northern Ireland in the aftermath of September 11 - Gabriel Marccini Afterword - John Rex

About the Author

Dr Tahir Abbas lectures in sociology and is director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Culture at the University of Birmingham. He is a former senior research officer with the Home Office and research fellow in the University of Central England Business School. The contributors are specialists in the fields of sociology, social geography, anthropology, theology and law, based at various universities in the UK.

Reviews

'A wide-ranging and invaluable guide to the highly complex and diverse nature of British Muslims from South Asia. Those wishing to get to the heart of Muslim communities should read this book.' - Professor Ziauddin Sardar, author of Desperately Seeking Paradise: Journeys of a Sceptical Muslim; 'Plunged into a post-Rushdie and now post-September 11 world British Muslims have had to face urgent issues of Islamophobia, gender, identity and media representation. Dr Tahir Abbas' excellent collection has brought together some of the leading authorities to help make sense of these issues in a rapidly changing and even threatening world'. - Professor Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldum Chair of Islamic Studies and Professor of International Relations, American University, Washington DC, USA; 'We are at an important moment in the process of integration between British society and its Muslim communities. The events of 11 September 2001 focused attention on questions which had been simmering but only very carefully placed into the public debate. With increasing vitality, this process has come into the open, often in surprising and usually in surprisingly constructive ways. This collection of papers is a major contribution to that debate and will help move it forward.' - Jorgen S. Nielsen, Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Birmingham; 'This essential collection brings a variety of important new data, informed insights and innovative perspectives on key issues affecting British Muslims today. It is a highly welcome and important contribution to the subject.' - Professor Steven Vertovec, Professor of Transnational Anthropology, University of Oxford and Director of the ESRC Centre on Migration, Policy and Society

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