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Scotland's Muslims

Society, Politics and Identity

Edited by Peter Hopkins

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This collection charts the lives and times of Muslims living in contemporary Scotland

Between the 2001 and 2011, the Muslim population of Scotland increased by nearly eighty percent. The youthfulness of Scotland’s Muslim community means this population is likely to continue to grow in size. Yet, Scotland’s Muslim community does not feature much at all in research about ‘Muslims in Britain’: at best, Scotland is mentioned in passing, and at worst, generalisations are made about ‘British Muslims’ based on the assumption that Muslims in Scotland have the same experiences to Muslims in England.

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1. INTRODUCTION: Scotland’s Muslims: Early settlement, current context and research themes, Peter Hopkins;
2. HEALTH: The health profile of Muslims in Scotland, Maria Kristiansen and Aziz Sheikh
3. EDUCATION: Muslims and education outcomes, Elisabet Weedon and Sheila Riddell
4. POLITICAL PARTICIPATION: Young Muslims’ political interests and political participations in Scotland, Robin Finlay, Peter Hopkins and Gurchathen Sanghera
5. GENDER AND MIGRATION: The role of the ‘other’ woman in shaping the subjectivities of recent Muslim migrant women to Scotland, Rebecca Syswerda
6. SEXUALITY: Scottish Muslim gay men and the troubling intersection of sexuality and religion, Asifa Siraj
7. YOUNG PEOPLE: Muslim youth in Scotland: Politics, identity and multicultural citizenship, Katherine Botterill, Gurchathen Sanghera and Peter Hopkins
8. GENERATIONAL RELATION: Gender and generational relations for Muslim women in Scotland, Hengameh Ashraf-Emami
9. HERITAGE: Feeling Scottish and being Muslim: Findings from the Colourful Heritage Project, Omar Shaikh and Stefano Bonino
10. MULTICULTURALISM: Multiculturalism and Scotland:‘Bringing the outside into the middle’, Nasar Meer
11. MEDIA: Muslim relations with the mainstream media in a Scottish context, Michael B. Munnik
12. REPRESENTATION: Representing Islam at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Fayaz S. Alibhai
13. INTEGRATION: Halal Scots: Muslims’ social integration in Scotland, Reza Bagheri

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).


A valuable collection of studies focusing on the history and nature of Scotland’s Muslim communities, some of the internal debates within them, and aspects of their relationship with wider Scottish society. Scotland is not the same as England, and this volume makes it very clear that this is true of the country’s Muslim communities too.

- Professor Hugh Goddard, Director of the HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World, University of Edinburgh.
'A rich collection of papers that offers a fascinating audit of what it means to be a ‘Scottish Muslim,’ seen through the prism of the everyday lives, experiences, practices, and attitudes of Muslims in Scotland.'
- Paul Bishop, University of Glasgow, Religion

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