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Muslims in Scotland

The Making of Community in a Post-9/11 World

Stefano Bonino

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Explores what it means to be a Muslim in modern Scotland

The experience of being a Muslim in Scotland today is shaped by the global and national post-9/11 shift in public attitudes towards Muslims, and is infused by the particular social, cultural and political Scottish ways of dealing with minorities, diversity and integration. This book explores the settlement and development of Muslim communities in Scotland, highlighting the ongoing changes in their structure and the move towards a Scottish experience of being Muslim. This experience combines a sense of civic and social belonging to Scotland with a strong religious and ideological commitment to Islam.

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Contents

List of Tables and Figures
List of Abbreviations
Glossary
Acknowledgements
Foreword
Introduction
1 Muslims in Scotland: Migration, Settlement and Development
2 Surviving the Crisis and Resisting the Stigma: The Post-9/11 Emergence of a Muslim Consciousness
3 Post-ethnic Scottish Muslim Identities at the Nexus of Nation and Religion
4 The New Muslim Community: Children of Islam and Scotland
5 Integrated yet Discriminated Against: The Ghost of 9/11 in Everyday Muslim Life
6 Discriminated Against yet Integrated: Muslim Resilience and Scottish Engagement with Diversity
Epilogue: Towards a Scottish Communitarianism, where Diversity and Human Universals Meet
Bibliography
Index

About the Author

Stefano Bonino is Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology at the University of Birmingham and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has published academic articles on various aspects of Muslim life in Great Britain in Political Studies Review, Contemporary Islam, Scottish Affairs, Patterns of Prejudice and Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.

Reviews

'In a world riven by ethnic and religious conflict, Stefano Bonino’s Muslims in Scotland gives us a convincing, fascinating, and inspiring example of how an indigenous society can live in harmony with immigrant communities. It should be compulsory reading for those concerned about the future of our world.'

- Professor Akbar Ahmed, American University (Washington, DC) and formerly Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

'This up-to-date analysis rests on a historical and demographic foundation. Its account of the Muslims of Scotland and their experiences, often so different from the rest of the UK, is a welcome addition to the literature on Muslims in Europe.'

- Professor Jørgen S. Nielsen, University of Birmingham

'This is an important, fresh and pioneering study of the Muslim community in Scotland. It should be required reading for policy makers and academics as well as all those interested in the changing social shape of Scotland today.'

- Professor Sir Tom Devine, University of Edinburgh

Muslims in Scotland highlights the distinctive features of both Scottish identity and Scotland's Muslim communities, demonstrating the relatively benign relationship between the two, in contrast to the situation in some other parts of the UK and Europe.’

- Professor Hugh Goddard, University of Edinburgh

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