The management of social, religious and ethnic diversity is a key social policy concern in Britain, and Muslims in particular have become a focus of attention in recent years. This timely and topical volume examines the position of Muslims in Britain and how they are changing and making social, political and religious space.
With contributions from world renowned scholars on British Muslims and from policy makers writing on issues of concern to Muslims and others alike, the book explores how British Muslims are changing social and religious spaces such as mosques and the role of women, engaging in politics, creating media and other resources, and thus developing new perspectives on Islam and transforming Muslim society from within. Chapters cover issues of religion and politics, Britishness, governance, parallel lives, gender issues, religion in civic space, ethnicity, and inter ethnic and religious relations, as well as the role of intellectuals, chaplains and activists in reforming Islam and renovating the British political landscape.
Providing a broad and comprehensive examination of the key issues surrounding Muslims in the UK, this book will be a valuable resource for students, lecturers and researchers in sociology, social policy, geography, politics, Islamic studies and other related disciplines.
Table of Contents
Muslims in Britain: Making Social and Political Space – An Introduction Ziauddin Sardar and Waqar I. U. Ahmad 1. Religion and Public Space Ziauddin Sardar 2. Britain and Britishness: Place, Belonging and Exclusion Rosemary Sales 3. Exploring Social Spaces of Muslims Lucinda Platt 4. Muslim Chaplains: Working at the Interface of ‘Public’ and ‘Private’ M. Mansur Ali and Sophie Gilliat-Ray 5. Young Muslims in London: Gendered Negotiations of Local, National and Transnational Places Louise Ryan 6. Multiculralism and the Gender Gap: The Visibility and Invisibility of Muslim Women in Britain Heidi Safia Mirza 7. Everyday Making and Civic Engagement amongst Muslim Women in Scotland Rahielah Ali and Peter Hopkins 8. Negotiating Faith and Politics: The Emergence of Muslim Consciousness in Britain Nasar Meer 9. ‘Creating a Society of Sheep’: British Muslim Elite on Mosques and Imams Waqar I. U. Ahmad
Waqar I. U. Ahmad is Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research and Enterprise at Middlesex University. Formerly Chief Social Scientist at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, he is an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences, a member of the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Research and Innovation Advisory Committee, and a Fellow of the Muslim Institute.
Ziauddin Sardar is Professor of Law and Society at Middlesex University. Considered a pioneering writer on Islam and contemporary cultural issues, he is author of some fifty books, including most recently Reading the Qur’an (C. Hurst, 2011). A former columnist on the New Statesman, he is the co-editor of Critical Muslim.