British Islam: The Road to Radicalism

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 31, 2009 - Social Science - 296 pages
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The emergence of Islamic political radicalism has been one of the most dramatic developments in post-war British society. British Islam explores the context behind this phenomenon, focusing on post-war immigration and integration, the complex relations that exist between Britain and Islam and the true extent of social and economic inequalities that affect Muslims. Tahir Abbas examines the historical development of the Islamic world, the effect of British imperialism and colonialism and the nature of interaction and conflict between Britain and Islam. He studies the origins of violent extremism influenced by Islamism as well as the role the media plays in perpetuating negative views of Muslims. Abbas concludes by offering suggestions for tackling the major social, political and economic questions facing British Muslims in the post-7/7 era. This is an important contribution to the study of religion, 'race' and ethnicity in modern Britain.

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Tahir Abbas is Reader in Sociology and founding Director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Culture at the University of Birmingham, and Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, 2007–2008.

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