Young British Muslims continue to generate strong interest. However, much of this attention is framed in negative terms that tend to associate them with criminality, religious extremism or terrorism. Focusing instead on other aspects of being young, Muslim and British, this volume takes a multidisciplinary approach that seeks to normalise the subjects and focus on their everyday lived realities. Structured into three sections, the collection begins by contextualising the study of young British Muslims before addressing the sensitive social issues highlighted in the media and finally focusing on a variety of case studies which investigate previously unexplored lived experiences of these young people. With contributions from scholars of religion, media and criminology, as well as current and former practitioners within youth and social work contexts, Young British Muslims: Between Rhetoric and Real Lives will appeal to scholars with an interest in the fastest growing, most profiled minority demographic in the UK.
‘Rather than adopting the traditional focus on issues such as residential segregation, religious extremism and urban criminality, this unique collection of essays explores issues as diverse as Islamic fashion, online activism and music in the everyday lives of young Muslims in Britain. This volume makes a significant and innovative contribution to current debates by challenging dominant discourses, overturning stereotypes and highlighting young people’s voices. It is a must read for all researchers interested in exploring the actual experiences of young British Muslims.’
Professor Peter Hopkins, Newcastle University, UK and Co-Editor of Muslims in Britain: Race, Place and Identities (Edinburgh University Press).
‘Sadek Hamid’s important volume is a refreshing reminder that the challenges facing British Muslim communities remain deeply embedded in the wider social and cultural divisions facing society as a whole. But British Muslims are not without agency and are challenging and recreating fluid categories about what it means to be ‘a good citizen’ and ‘a good Muslim.’ This collection is a timely and valuable contribution that ought to be read and used widely.’
Professor Tahir Abbas, Senior Research Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute in London and Associate Editor of the quarterly magazine Critical Muslim (Hurst).
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