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British Muslims

New Directions in Islamic Thought, Creativity and Activism

Philip Lewis, Sadek Hamid
Foreword by Baroness Warsi

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Explores how a new generation are redefining what it means to be a Muslim in Britain today

A new generation of Muslims – activists, academics, religious scholars and professionals – are drawing on contemporary reformist thinking emerging from outside their parents' or grandparents' tradition and are using this to inform their activism. This positive new thinking is traced as it impacts and shapes the burgeoning field of Muslim women’s activism, the formation of religious leaders, what is to count as ‘Muslim politics’, the dynamics of de-radicalisation and what has been dubbed the ‘New Muslim Cool’ in music, fashion and culture.

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CHAPTER 1: Muslims in Britain: A Changing Landscape

CHAPTER 2: The Islamic Seminary: Between Crisis and Renewal

CHAPTER 3: Engaging Democracy and Debating Islam

CHAPTER 4: Radicals, Extremists and Terrorists: Contextualising the Challenge of Radicalisation

CHAPTER 5: Creating Culture: Emergence of the New "Muslim Cool"


An Annotated Bibliography

About the Author

Philip Lewis is the author of Islamic Britain, Religion, Politics and Identity among British Muslims (2002) and Young, British and Muslim (2007). Before retiring, he spent 15 years teaching MA modules on ‘Islam in the West: the challenge to co-existence’ and ‘Religions, conflict and peacemaking in a post-secular world’ in the Peace Studies Department at Bradford University, as well being the Inter-Faith Adviser to Bishops of Bradford for almost thirty years.

Sadek Hamid is Senior Researcher at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies at the University of Oxford. He has written widely about British Muslims, young people and religious identity formation. He is author of Sufis, Salafis and Islamists: The Contested Ground of British Islamic activism, (2016), Editor of Young British Muslims: Between Rhetoric and Real Lives (2017) and co-editor of Youth Work and Islam: a Leap of Faith for Young People (2011).


‘A timely antidote to the, arguably, twisted characterisation and popular perception of British Muslims in circulation.’
- Professor Humayn Ansari, Royal Holloway

From generation Jihad to generation M, this book attempts to get inside the minds and lives of young British Muslims to provide a complex and nuanced picture dispelling the one-dimensional simplistic narrative we are more accustomed to.

- Sayeeda Warsi, The Right Honourable The Baroness Warsi

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