Muslims, South Asians and the Pakistani Community in Britain: Intersecting Security, Identity and Belonging

  • Tania Saeed
Part of the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship Series book series ( CAL)


The chapter explores the Muslim community in Britain, focusing on the British South Asian and, in particular, the Pakistani identity. It traces the evolution of the Pakistani immigrant, from a South Asian to a politicized ‘British Muslim’ citizen, only to become a prime suspect in the aftermath of 9/11 and 7 July 2005. The Pakistani female is viewed as a victim, ‘hidden’ behind the garb of culture and honour, in need of being rescued. Given this context, the chapter engages with narratives of British Muslim women with a Pakistani heritage, exploring what it means to be British, Muslim and Pakistani in a context where their ‘Britishness’—and, in particular, their loyalty—is questioned by media and political actors.


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