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Muslims in Britain: An Overview

Nahid Afrose Kabir

in Young British Muslims

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780748641338
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653232 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748641338.003.0002
Muslims in Britain: An Overview

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Since the seventh century, Britain has had a contact with the Muslim world through trade contacts with Muslim-controlled Egypt, Palestine and Andalusia. From the sixteenth century to the end of the eighteenth century, British relations with the Muslims were cordial. In the late sixteenth century, following on from the steps taken by her father King Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I arranged a defence treaty with the Ottomans in 1587, and later Britain formed political links with Muslim territories as far away as India and Persia. A few centuries later, Muslims began to migrate to Britain. This chapter examines the migration of Muslims to Britain. It examines their settlement patterns and transition to becoming citizens of Britain. To begin, the chapter discusses the short migration history of British Muslims, including the narratives of resistance and support from the wider society in the course of their settlement and of the contribution Muslims have made to their new home. The chapter then focuses on the Muslim settlement in the five cities of Britain. These are: London, Leicester, Bradford, Leeds and Cardiff. The chapter concludes by considering the socioeconomic status of the respondents of this study.

Keywords: Britain; migration of Muslims; settlement patterns; citizens of Britain; British Muslims; Muslim settlement; socioeconomic status

Chapter.  13291 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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