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Introduction: My Research Observations

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/9780748641338.003.0100
Introduction: My Research Observations

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This book examines the life stories of some young Muslims, aged 15 to 30 years old. It aims to see how their identity is formed within the family, cultural and wider societal environments. It attempts to understand the identity of young British Muslims through various constructs: their immigration history, family settlement, culture, socioeconomic status, education, community and wider society. It focuses on how British Muslim youths and young adults define their identity and imagine their life as Muslims in the Western society. From the context of the family, the book examines the difficulties they have to face in being raised at a home within a Muslim tradition that differs from the social life and mores of the Western societies. It also discusses the role of socioeconomic factors in the identity construction of the Muslim youths and the manner with which they define their national identity and their sense of belonging. Included as well are the roles played by the Western media in constructuring the Islamic identity, and the impact of the niqab and shariah law debates. This book is a result of a broader approach that involved survey of five British cities. Overall, under the current geopolitical environment, Muslim communities' cultural and religious restrictions, the mainstream media representation of Islam and law-enforcement agencies's rules and regulations (anti-terrorism laws), this book examines how young Muslims position themselves and define their single, double and multiple identities.

Keywords: young Muslims; identity; young British Muslims; immigration history; identity construction; national identity; niqab; shariah law

Chapter.  2150 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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