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Muslims and Political Participation in Britain

1st Edition

Edited by Timothy Peace


262 pages

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This new volume showcases the latest research into Muslim political participation both in terms of electoral politics and civil society initiatives.

Muslims play a prominent role in British political life yet what do we actually know about the involvement of British Muslims beyond the existence of a handful of Muslim MPs? What is unique about political participation in Muslim communities? All the major parties actively seek to court a ‘Muslim electorate’ but does such a phenomenon exist? Despite the impact that Muslims have had on election campaigns and their roles in various political institutions, research on this topic remains scant. Indeed, much of the existing work was couched within the broader areas of the participation of ethnic minorities or the impact of race on electoral politics. The chapters in this volume address this lacuna by highlighting different aspects of Muslim participation in British politics. They investigate voting patterns and election campaigns, civil society and grassroots political movements, the engagement of young people and the participation of Muslims in formal political institutions.

Written in an accessible style, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of political participation and religious studies.


“This volume gives space to a number of young scholars who, often drawing on recently submitted doctoral research, introduce important insights that deserve to be widely registered. It is a valuable addition to the study of Muslim political participation in Britain” - Jan Dobbernack, University of Lincoln, Political Studies Review

“This collection of essays will be especially valuable to scholars in the broad interdisciplinary field of ‘British Muslim Studies’, but is also recommended for a wider audience concerned with the way in which minority groups more broadly attempt to participate in public life.” - Sophie Gilliat-Ray, Cardiff University, Islam and Christian–Muslim Relations

"…this edited collection presents a comprehensive overview of the latest research on Muslims in British politics and provides an invaluable resource for undergraduates." - Yahya Birt, University of Leeds, The Muslim World Book Review

"What is more impressive about this volume, and what makes it stand out from other books of this kind, is the depth and quality of the research, and its identification of an interesting paradox at the center of Muslim participation in British politics: that the 9/11 attacks brought about not merely a backlash against Muslims, but also an opportunity for Muslims to fully participate in mainstream British politics." - Nicholas G Morieson, MInternatRel, Australian Catholic University, Middle East Media and Book Reviews Online

"This collection of essays will be especially valuable to scholars in the broad interdisciplinary field of ‘British Muslim Studies’, but is also recommended for a wider audience concerned with the way in which minority groups more broadly attempt to participate in public life." - Sophie Gilliat-Ray, Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, Cardiff University

Table of Contents

Foreward, Muhammad Anwar, Introduction, Timothy Peace Part I - Voting and elections 1. The Paradox of Patronage politics: Biraderi, Representation and Political Participation amongst British Pakistanis,Parveen Akhtar 2. Muslim electoral participation in British general elections: an historical perspective and case study, Jamil Sherif, Anas Altikriti and Ismail Patel 3. Mosques and political engagement in Britain: participation or segregation?, Maria Sobolewska and Siobhan Mcandrew Part II - Social Movements 4. Women from Muslim communities in Britain: Political and Civic Activism in the 9/11 era, Khursheed Wadia 5. ‘Islamic’ Environmentalism in Great Britain,Rosemary Hancock 6. British Muslims and the anti-war movement, Timothy Peace Part III - Exploring the political amongst young people 7. Diversity in political perspectives and engagement among young British Muslims, Asma Mustafa 8. Facebook Groups as Potential Political Publics? Exploring ideas of the political amongst young British Muslim Facebook users, Brooke Storer-Church 9. From crisis to opportunity – 9/11 and the progress of British Muslim political engagement, Khadijah Elshayyal Part IV - Representation 10. The Muslim Council of Britain and its engagement with the British political establishment,Ekaterina Braginskaia 11. Muslims in Parliament: A Myth of Futility, Ekaterina Kolpinskaya 12. The Political Behaviour of Minority Councillors across London Boroughs: Comparing Tower Hamlets, Newham, and Hackney, Eren Tatari and Ahmet Yukleyen

About the Editor

Timothy Peace is a Lecturer in Comparative European Politics at the University of Stirling, UK

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Religion and Politics

This series aims to publish high quality works on the topic of the resurgence of political forms of religion in both national and international contexts. This trend has been especially noticeable in the post-cold war era (that is, since the late 1980s). It has affected all the ‘world religions’ (including, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism) in various parts of the world (such as, the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and sub-Saharan Africa).

The series welcomes books that use a variety of approaches to the subject, drawing on scholarship from political science, international relations, security studies, and contemporary history.

Books in the series explore these religions, regions and topics both within and beyond the conventional domain of ‘church-state’ relations to include the impact of religion on politics, conflict and development, including the late Samuel Huntington’s controversial – yet influential – thesis about ‘clashing civilisations’.

In sum, the overall purpose of the book series is to provide a comprehensive survey of what is currently happening in relation to the interaction of religion and politics, both domestically and internationally, in relation to a variety of issues.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General