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Muslim Communities in England 1962-90

Multiculturalism and Political Identity


  • Integrates a consideration of Muslim communities within a wider history of British multiculturalism

  • Provides a governmental and political complement to the social and cultural work of other scholars in this area

  • Draws on oral testimony, national government records, as well as material from local government, political parties, trade unions, newspapers, and community organisations


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About this book


This book analyses Muslim integration into English society from the 1960s to the 1990s. The author argues that, contrary to common narratives built around a sudden transformation during the Rushdie affair, religious identity was of great importance to English Muslims throughout this period. The study also considers what the experiences of Muslim communities tell us about British multiculturalism.

With chapters which consider English Muslim experiences in education, employment, and social services, British multiculturalism is shown to be a capacious artifice, variegated across and within localities and resistant to periodization. It is understood as positing separate ethnic communities, and serving these communities with special provisions aimed ultimately at integration. It is argued moreover to have developed its own momentum, limiting the efficacy of 21st century “backlashes” against it.

Muslim Communities in England 1962-90 will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including sociology, history and politics.


multiculturalism immigration Muslims in Britain racism anti-racism

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Hertford CollegeUniversity of OxfordOxfordUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Jed Fazakarley is Lecturer in History, Hertford College, University of Oxford, UK.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Muslim Communities in England 1962-90
  • Book Subtitle Multiculturalism and Political Identity
  • Authors Jed Fazakarley
  • Series Title Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-53791-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-85245-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-53792-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 309
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sociology of Religion
    Sociology of Culture
    Ethnicity Studies
    Political Sociology
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