Religious pluralism in the United States and Britain: its implications for Muslims and nationhood

Nasar Meer, Tariq Modood

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    Abstract

    This article provides a historically informed analysis of the contemporary incorporation of Islam and Muslims into an idea of common – national – membership in the United States and Britain. It shows that there is a current movement towards synthesis between religious and national identities by Muslims themselves, and explores the ways in which this synthesis is occurring within rich and dynamic public spheres in societies that have historically included and incorporated other religious groups. The authors argue that both countries are wrestling with the extent to which they accommodate Muslims in ways that allow them to reconcile their faith and citizenship commitments, and that the British ‘establishment’ is no less successful at achieving this than secular republicanism in the US.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)526-540
    Number of pages15
    JournalSocial Compass
    Volume62
    Issue number4
    Early online date4 Nov 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

    Keywords

    • American Muslims
    • British Muslims
    • citizenship
    • nationhood
    • religious pluralism

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