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Postgraduate Course: Islam and Muslims in Britain (IMES11054)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaIslamic and Middle Eastern Studies Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will introduce students to the diversity of Muslims and Muslim communities in Britain covering aspects of history, politics and sociology. It will focus in particular on South Asians and their descendants but will also examine other groups such as converts and the Yemenis who settled in port towns at the beginning of the twentieth century. The course is structured in a largely chronological manner, taking in 100 years of history and highlighting key events for British Muslims including the Rushdie Affair of 1989 and the London bombings of 2005. Students will become familiar with the lived experiences of Muslims in Britain as well as the public debates which surround them including issues of multiculturalism, security and Islamophobia. Consideration will also be given to the specific situation of Muslims in Scotland and how their experiences compare with their co-religionists in the rest of the UK. This course is jointly taught with undergraduate students.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
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Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

Summarise the main demographic features of the various Muslim communities in Britain
Identify the key historical factors which led to the migration of Muslim settlers in Britain both pre and post WWII.
Recognise the main theological and ideological trends which separate British Muslims and the sectarian influences within Islam in Britain.
Explain how the identity of Muslims in Britain has been shaped by a range of internal and external factors and how this has developed over time
Demonstrate an awareness of UK public policy debates concerning Muslims in particular multiculturalism and 'community cohesion'.
Assess the impact of global events on the lives of Muslims in Britain.
Assessment Information
3000 Word Essay (65%)
1500 Word Minor Assignment (25%)
500 Word Class presentation (10%)
Special Arrangements
PG Version
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Required reading:

Ansari, H. (2005). The Infidel Within: Muslims in Britain since 1800. London: C. Hurst & Co.

Gilliat-Ray, S. (2010) Muslims in Britain : an introduction. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press.

These two books will form the core of the course and must be purchased by students.

Additional reading (all available in library catalogue):

Abbas, T (ed.) (2005) Muslim Britain: Communities Under Pressure. London: Zed books

Abbas, T. (2011) Islamic radicalism and multicultural politics: the British experience. London: Routledge.

Ameli, S.R. (2002) Globalization, Americanization and British Muslim identity. London : ICAS Press

Beckford, JA. et al(2005) Muslims in prison: challenge and change in Britain and France. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan.

Berns McGown, R. (1999) Muslims in the diaspora : the Somali communities of London and Toronto. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Bolognani, M. (2009) Crime and Muslim Britain: race, culture and the politics of criminology among British Pakistanis. London: I.B. Tauris.

Cesari, J. and McLoughlin, S. (eds) (2005) European Muslims and the secular state. Aldershot : Ashgate.

Din, I. (2006) The New British: The Impact of Culture and Community on Young Pakistanis. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Eade, J. (1989) The Politics of Community: The Bangladeshi Community in East London. Aldershot: Gower.

Fetzer, J. S., & Soper, J. C. (2005). Muslims and the state in Britain, France, and Germany. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Halliday, F. (2010) Britain's first Muslims: portrait of an Arab community. London: I.B. Tauris.

Hellyer, H.A. (2009) Muslims of Europe: the 'other' Europeans. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Hopkins, P.E. (2005) Young Muslim men in Scotland : scales of in/exclusion and the location of identity. Ph.D. thesis: University of Edinburgh

Hopkins, P.E. and Gale, R.T. (eds) (2009) Muslims in Britain: Race, Place and Identities. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Hussain, A.M. and Miller, W.L. (2006) Multicultural Nationalism: Islamophobia, Anglophobia, and Devolution. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Hussain, S. (2008) Muslims on the map : a national survey of social trends in Britain. London: I.B. Tauris.

Joly, D. (2005) Britannia's Crescent: Making a Place for Muslims in British Society. Aldershot: Avebury.

Kabir, N.A. (2010) Young British Muslims : identity, culture, politics and the media. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Kalra, V. (2000). From textile mills to taxi ranks : experiences of migration, labour and social change. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Lewis, P. (2002) Islamic Britain: religion, politics and identity among British Muslims. London: I.B. Tauris.

Lewis, P (2007) Young, British and Muslim. London: Continuum.

Maan, B. (1992) The new Scots : the story of Asians in Scotland. Edinburgh : John Donald.

Maan, B. (2008) The thistle and the crescent. Glendaruel : Argyll Pub.

Meer, N. (2010) Citizenship, identity and the politics of multiculturalism : the rise of Muslim consciousness. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan.

Modood, T (2005) Multicultural politics : racism, ethnicity, and Muslims in Britain. Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press.

Modood, T. et al (2006) Multiculturalism, Muslims and citizenship: a European approach. London : Routledge

Visram, R. (2002) Asians in Britain: 400 years of history. London: Pluto press.

Wardak, A. (2000) Social control and deviance: a South Asian community in Scotland. Aldershot: Ashgate.

Weller, P. (2009) A Mirror for Our Times: The Rushdie Affair and the Future of Multiculturalism. London: Continuum.

Werbner, P. (1990) The migration process: capital, gifts and offerings among British Pakistanis. Oxford : Berg

Werbner, P. (2002) Imagined diasporas among Manchester Muslims : the public performance of Pakistani transnational identity politics. Oxford : J. Currey.

Zebiri, K. (2008) British Muslim converts: choosing alternative lives. Oxford : Oneworld Publications

Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserDr Timothy Peace
Tel: (0131 6)50 4305
Course secretaryMs Olivia Little
Tel: (0131 6)50 4917
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