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Young British Muslims
Between Rhetoric and Realities

Edited By

Sadek Hamid

ISBN 9781138385702
Published September 18, 2018 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

Young British Muslims continue to generate strong interest in public discourse. However, much of this interest is framed in negative terms that tends to associate them with criminality, religious extremism or terrorism. Focusing instead on other aspects of being young, Muslim and British, this volume takes a multidisciplinary approach that seeks to ‘normalise’ the subjects and focus on their everyday lived realities. Structured into three sections, the collection begins by contextualising the study of young British Muslims, before addressing the sensitive social issues highlighted in the media and finally focusing on a variety of case studies which investigate the previously unexplored lived experiences of these young people. With contributions from scholars of religion, media and criminology, as well as current and former practitioners within youth and social work contexts, Young British Muslims: Between Rhetoric and Realities will appeal to scholars who have an interest in the fastest growing, most profiled minority demographic in the UK.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Context


Sadek Hamid

1. Researching Young Muslim Lives in Contemporary Britain

Anshuman Mondal

Part 2: Headlines and Rhetoric

2. Child sexual exploitation and young Muslim men: A modern moral panic?

Muzammil Quraishi

3. Do Young British Muslim Women Need Rescuing?

Fauzia Ahmed

4. Urban Youth: Cross cultural influence, religious marginalization and


Abdul Haqq Baker

Part 3: Real Lives

5. Finding a Voice: Young Muslims, Music and Cultural Change in Britain

Carl Morris

6. Religious values and political motivation among young British Muslims

Asma Mustafa

7. Virtual Youth: Facebook as Identity Platforms

Brooke Storer-Church

8. Digital Orientalism: Muslim youth, Racism and Islamophobia Online

Amir Saeed

9. Re-Fashioning the Islamic: Young Visible Muslims

Emma Tarlo

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Sadek Hamid is currently a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Liverpool Hope University. He has written widely about Islam in Britain, young Muslims and Islamic activism. He is author of Sufis, Salafis and Islamists:The Contested Ground of British Islamic Activism (2016) and co-editor of Youth Work and Islam: a Leap of Faith for Young People (2011).


"The volume as a whole provides a welcome corrective to increasingly frequent rhetoric that pathologises young Muslims as either a threat to national security or a disgruntled underbelly of delinquents, dropouts and deadbeats. It also challenges the stereotypical characterisation of a monochrome British Muslim community inhabiting a rigid, static structure called Islam."
- Riyaz Timol, Cardiff University