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Postgraduate Course: Muslims in Britain: Migration, Faith and Identity (PG Version) (IMES11068)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis 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. Students will become familiar with the lived experiences of Muslims in Britain, examining current intra community debates, as well as the public debates which surround them including issues of multiculturalism, security and Islamophobia.
Course description 1- Who are British Muslims?
2- Britain's first Muslims
3- Post-colonial migration and the myth of return
4- The second generation and beyond
5- The Rushdie affair and the rise of Muslim consciousness
6- Muslim organisations and British Muslim political participation
7- 9/11, 7/7, and the consequences for British Muslims
8- Debates I: Islamophobia and religious identity
9- Debates II: gender and young people
10- Debates III: extremism, radicalisation and security
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Summarise the main demographic features of the various Muslim communities in Britain
  2. Identify key historical factors which led to the formation of early Muslim communities and the migration of Muslim settlers to Britain both pre and post WWII.
  3. Recognise the main theological trends which separate British Muslims and the sectarian influences within Islam in Britain; including their interactions, evolution and development within a British context.
  4. 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.
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of UK public policy debates concerning Muslims, in particular; community cohesion, multiculturalism and security.
Reading List
Indicative reading list:

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.

Allen, C (2010) Islamophobia. Ashgate.

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.

Belton, B and Hamid, S (eds. 2011) Youth Work and Islam: A Leap of Faith For Young People. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

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.
Bonino, Stefano. (2016) Muslims in Scotland: the making of community in a post-9/11 world. Edinburgh University Press
Bowen, J R (2016) On British Islam: religion, law nad everyday practice in Shariża councils. Princeton.

Cesari, J. and McLoughlin, S. (eds) (2005) European Muslims and the secular state. Aldershot : Ashgate.
Dehanas, Daniel Nilsson (2016) London youth, religion, and politics: engagement and activism from Brixton to Brick Lane. OUP [selected chapters only]

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.

Gabriel, T., Geaves, R. (eds. 2013) Sufism in Britain: Trends and Transformations. London: Bloomsbury Publishers.
Gilham, J and Geaves, R (eds. 2017) Victorian Muslim: Abdullah Quilliam and Islam in the West. Hurst.

Gilham, J (2014) Loyal Enemies: British converts to Islam, 1850-1950. London: Hurst.

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.
Inge, A. (2017) The Making of a Salafi Muslim woman OUP

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.
Liberatore, G. (2017). Somali, Muslim, British: Striving in Securitized Britain. London: Bloomsbury (LSE Monographs on Social Anthropology).
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.

Malik, M (ed., 2010) Anti-Muslim prejudice, past and present. Routledge.

Matar, N (2008) Islam in Britain 1558-1683. Cambridge: CUP.

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

Seddon, M S (2014) The Last of the Lascars: Yemeni Muslims in Britain 1836-2012. Markfield: Kube.

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
Additional Information
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Course organiserDr Khadijah Elshayyal
Tel: (0131 6)50 4305
Course secretaryMrs Alisa Wilkinson
Tel: (0131 6)50 4465
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