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Britain and IslamA History from 622 to the Present Day$
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Martin Pugh

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780300234947

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300234947.001.0001

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Muslims and the Crisis of British National Identity

Muslims and the Crisis of British National Identity

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(p.221) Chapter Ten Muslims and the Crisis of British National Identity
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Britain and Islam
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Martin Pugh

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300234947.003.0010

This chapter demonstrates how, despite their experience of prejudice, Muslims became involved in a gradual process of integration into mainstream society; in this period they largely thought of themselves as ‘black’ or as Asians, rather than as Muslims. First-generation British Muslims had been fairly relaxed about social behaviour and religious observation. Meanwhile, the second generation of Muslims were not in Britain as temporary economic migrants, and consequently were less passive than their predecessors, more confident and aware of their opportunities and rights in Britain. For them, integration into mainstream society went hand in hand with an increasing assertiveness in the face of prejudice and an awareness of their identity as Anglo-Asians. By the 1980s and 1990s, the younger generation were becoming alienated from their parents due to familiarity with a secular society; many regarded the world of the mosque as boring. Muslims also began to reflect mainstream practice in other ways: more women in their twenties remained unmarried and, with their better language skills and qualifications, they were more likely to be in paid employment.

Keywords:   prejudice, Muslims, mainstream society, British Muslims, religious observation, Britain, Anglo-Asians, secular society

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