Introduction: Muslims in Britain – Race, Place and the Spatiality of Identities

Peter Hopkins and Richard Gale

in Muslims in Britain

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780748625871
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671335 | DOI:
Introduction: Muslims in Britain – Race, Place and the Spatiality of Identities

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This chapter reports a descriptive overview of the historical trajectories and demographic characteristics of the British Muslim population, drawing on 2001 Census data and the findings of sample surveys. It also provides a critical review of the literature on Islam and space. It then addresses the pathways that geographical and other spatially-oriented research on Muslims in Britain and beyond might pursue in future. It is noted that the economic disadvantages experienced by British Muslims manifest themselves spatially. The links between beliefs, texts and associated rituals lend an inherent spatiality to Islamic practice. Scholarship on Muslims in Britain draws upon a broad range of disciplinary perspectives, theoretical standpoints and methodological approaches. Muslims are much more disadvantaged than other minority groups, a pattern which is expressed and recreated in the spatial order of the specific cities in which the large majority of Muslims are concentrated.

Keywords: British Muslims; 2001 Census; Islam; space; Britain; beliefs; texts; associated rituals

Chapter.  7212 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Islam

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