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Muslims in Britain

Race, Place and Identities

Edited by Peter Hopkins, Richard Gale

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Following the events of 11th September 2001 in the USA, and more especially, the bombings on the London underground on 7th July 2005 and the incident at Glasgow Airport on 30th June 2007, an increasing amount of public attention has been focused upon Muslims in Britain. Against the backdrop of this debate, this book sets out a series of innovative insights into the everyday lives of Muslims living in contemporary Britain, in an attempt to move beyond prevalent stereotypes concerning what it means to be 'Muslim'.

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Contents

1. Introduction: Muslims in Britain, Peter Hopkins (University of Lancaster) and Richard Gale (University of Birmingham)
Section 1: Gender, Place and Culture
2. Creating Home-Spaces: Young British Muslim Women's Identity and Conceptualisation of Home, Deborah Phillips (University of Leeds)
3. 'You Seem Very Westernised to Me': Place, Identity and Othering of Muslim Workers in the UK Labour Market, Sophie Bowlby and Sally Lloyd-Evans (University of Reading)
4. Rethinking the Identities of Young British Pakistani Muslim Women: Educational Experiences and Aspirations, Claire Dwyer and Bindi Shah (University College London)
5. Race, 'Face' and Masculinity: The Identities and Local Geographies of Muslim Boys, Louise Archer (Kings College London)
Section 2: Landscapes, Communities and Networks
6. British Arab Perspectives on Religion, Politics and 'the Public', Caroline Nagel (University of South Carolina) and Lynn Staeheli (University of Edinburgh)
7. The Multicultural City and the Politics of Religious Architecture: Urban Planning, Mosques and Meaning-Making in Birmingham, Richard Gale (University of Birmingham)
8. Holy Places, Contested Spaces: British-Pakistani Accounts of Pilgrimage to Makkah and Medinah, Sean McLoughlin (University of Leeds)
9. Excess Baggage or Precious Gems? The Migration of Cultural Commodoties, Anjoom Mukadam and Sharmina Mawani (Ismaili Studies Institute, London)
Section 3: Religion, Race and Difference
10. Situating Muslim Geographies: Theory and Praxis, Lily Kong (National University of Singapore)
11. Muslims and the Politics of Difference, Tariq Modood (University of Bristol)
12. Islamophobia in the Construction of British Muslim Identity Politics, Jonathan Birt (Islamic Foundation, UK)
Afterword, Peter Hopkins and Richard Gale.

About the Author

Peter Hopkins is Professor of Social Geography in the School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University, UK. He has conducted research about Muslims in Scotland for nearly twenty years now focusing on issues such as gender and generational relations, political participation and everyday racism. Previous co-edited books include Muslims in Britain (EUP) and Geographies of Muslim Identities (Ashgate).

Richard Gale was a University Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Birmingham.Now he is a lecturer at the School of City and Regional Planning at the University of Cardiff.