Identity, Islamism and politics
The internal factors
in Islam and identity politics among British-Bangladeshis
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Four internal contributory factors, the impact of Bangladeshi politics, the rise of Islamist youth groups in the 1980s and the 1990s, the failures of the secular leadership, and the sources of funding to Islamic organizations in Britain are discussed in this chapter. The chapter shows that the salience of the Muslim identity among the British-Bangladeshis took place incrementally. The examinations of these factors also show that they shaped not only the identity of the individual at the social level but also at the community level, especially within the political realm. These factors were not mutually exclusive; in fact, the discussion shows that different circumstances offered different choices and some have made greater impacts than others.

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