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Representing Muslims : Religion, Ethnicity and the Politics of Identity
Representing Muslims : Religion, Ethnicity and the Politics of Identity
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Author(s): McLoughlin, Sean
ISBN No.: 9780745314372
Pages: 192
Year: 202001
Format: Trade Cloth (Hard Cover)
Price: £84.00
Status: Out Of Print (Not available from Oakleaf Books)

Events in Britain since the Salman Rushdie affair have highlighted the extent to which British Muslims are increasingly making claims on their status as citizens of the nation-state - quite literally renegotiating the boundaries of what it means to belong."Representing Muslims" explores the tensions and the contradictions facing ethnic minorities in a multicultural society, particularly when those communities assert rights that the majority would often prefer they went without - in this particular case, the right to express their Islamic identity and culture in ways which sometimes disturb and challenge prevailing notions of what it means to be British.Using the Rushdie affair as his starting point, Sean McLoughlin sets the debates around Muslim religious identity and cultural politics in the wider context of contemporary ideas about globalization and diaspora, community and hybridity. In four different case studies he considers some of the ways in which Muslims are seeking to represent their identity to the state, wider society and each other. He also examines the ways in which Muslim identity is contextualized and crosscut by a variety of sometimes conflicting notions of ethnicity, class, gender and generation.

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