Muslim - state relations in Great Britain: an evolving story

Nasar Meer, Tariq Modood

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    Abstract

    The concern of this chapter, as that of the book as a whole, is to explore contemporary relationships between Muslim minorities and the state, with a particular focus upon structural and cultural dynamics. In this regard the case of Britain is illustrative. This is because an analysis of political and institutional responses to Muslim ‘difference’ in Britain details a pattern of engagement that has evolved over a period of time. This can be framed in terms of rising agendas of racial equality and multiculturalism to which Muslims have become central – even while they have challenged important aspects of these. This implies that these developments have neither been linear nor unproblematic, and have been characterised by various ongoing contestations and revisions. According to some authors, what this engagement has accomplished presently looks to be in retreat and at best remains uncertain.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMuslim Minority-State Relations
    Subtitle of host publicationViolence, Integration, and Policy
    EditorsRobert Mason
    Pages25-60
    Number of pages36
    Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2016

    Publication series

    NameThe Modern Muslim World
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan

    Keywords

    • multiculturalism
    • multi faith
    • British Muslim communities
    • cultural dynamics

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    Meer, N., & Modood, T. (2016). Muslim - state relations in Great Britain: an evolving story. In R. Mason (Ed.), Muslim Minority-State Relations: Violence, Integration, and Policy (pp. 25-60). (The Modern Muslim World).