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Muslims in Britain : An Introduction (Hardcover)

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Archaeological evidence shows there was contact between Muslims and the British Isles from the eighth century. Beginning with these historical roots, Sophie Gilliat-Ray traces the major points of encounter between Muslims and the British in subsequent centuries, and explores Muslim migration to Britain in recent times. Drawing upon sociology, anthropology, politics and geography, this comprehensive survey provides an informed understanding of the daily lives of British Muslims. It portrays the dynamic of institutions such as families, mosques and religious leadership, and analyses their social and political significance in today's Britain. Through the study of the historical origins of major Islamic reform movements, it draws attention to the religious diversity within different Muslim communities, and sheds fresh light on contemporary issues such as the nature of religious authority and representation. It also considers British Muslim civic engagement and cultural life, particularly the work of journalists, artists, sports personalities and business entrepreneurs.

`Far from being opportunistic, this long-awaited book is by a scholar whose career has been dedicated to the study of British Muslims, and it offers a definitive overview of the topic. The fact that Gilliat-Ray is so immersed in the field gives the book a freshness and originality, and makes it much more than a survey of existing work. Lively, accessible, incisive and generous, this is the sort of book which honours its subject as well as its readers.' Linda Woodhead, Lancaster University

`This is a brilliant synthesis which will become a standard text for both scholars and students alike. Dr Gilliat-Ray has put us all in her debt.'Ian Richard Netton, University of Exeter

`Muslims in Britain will be invaluable to anybody looking seriously to understand the history, social make-up, institutions, and politics of the Muslim communities in Britain. This book brings us closer to defining and understanding the richness of the British Muslim legacy, and is a vital step in helping us move away from the discourse of "counter-terrorism" and "preventing violent extremism".' Saleem Kidwal, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Wales


Publisher Cambridge Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780521830065
SKU 214103272
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0521830060
Release Date 6/1/2010
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0316
Publisher Cambridge University Press
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