Conclusion: A Humanitarian Way Forward

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:
Conclusion: A Humanitarian Way Forward

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Investigations of the identity of young British Muslims have concluded that most of the participants valued their British connections because they were either born in Britain or had lived there for quite a time. At the same time, they were also attached to their ethnic heritage and their cultural celebrations. They spoke of their religious identity, which was reflected in their Muslim names, Islamic practices and celebrations, and sometimes through their dress. However, many respondents were distressed by the media practice of ‘othering’ Muslims. Some felt they were the ‘other’ as a result of the 7/7 London bombings, and/or because of their Islamic attire or appearance, which was not acceptable to some members of the wider society. Some Muslim women felt left out at the rise of the niqab debate and Muslim men felt alienated when they were ‘stopped and searched’. While it is understood that bicultural identity when embraced by the first-generation immigrants and the host society can lead to the easier settlement of the younger-generation immigrants, sometimes the notion and practice where the wider society refers to them as the ‘other’ makes these generations shun bicultural identity for a single identity. This chapter discusses how the media affects social cohesion. It discusses the areas that need attention within the Muslim community, such as education, integration, political participation, women, mosques, and youth. It also examines some of the positive steps taken by the Muslim community and advocates the endorsement of biculturalism.

Keywords: identity; young British Muslims; Britain; religious identity; othering; bicultural identity; social cohesion; biculturalism

Chapter.  8770 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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