Islamophobia and Muslim Recognition in Britain

Steven Vertovec

in Muslims in the West

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195148053
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849277 | DOI:
Islamophobia and Muslim Recognition in Britain

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Over the past decade, Muslims in Britain have been the focus of increasing public attention. One widespread form of such attention has been highly negative: Muslims have been portrayed in all kinds of media in very derogatory and vilifying ways. Among the effects of such depiction, which has contributed to what is now widely referred to as “Islamophobia,” Muslims in Britain have been subject to considerable discrimination and even violence. At the same time, however, another form of public attention has been much more positive. Muslims have made very significant strides in achieving multiple forms of recognition and accommodation in a variety of public spheres and institutions in Britain, right up to representation in the House of Lords. This chapter describes these two simultaneous yet opposite trends.

Keywords: Muslims; Britain; Islamophobia; discrimination; violence; recognition

Chapter.  9249 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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