Islam and identity politics among British-Bangladeshis

A leap of faith

Author: Ali Riaz

The tendency among ethnic minority Muslim immigrant communities in Europe towards identification with Islam as a marker of identity is discussed in an array of studies, but seldom have they explained sufficiently how the change took place. Islam and Identity Politics among British-Bangladeshis: A Leap of Faith probes the causes of and conditions for the preference of the members of the British-Bangladeshi community for a religion-based identity vis-à-vis ethnicity-based identity, and the influence of Islamists in shaping the discourse. It also examines whether this salience of Muslim identity is a precursor to a new variant of diasporic Islam. Islam and Identity Politics delves into the micro-level dynamics, the internal and external factors and the role of the state and locates these within the broad framework of Muslim identity and Islamism, citizenship and the future of multiculturalism in Europe.

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‘Islam and Identity Politics among British-Bangladeshis is a welcome addition to the scholarly literature on the Bangladeshi diaspora. Its great strength is that it brings together a variety of sources on this topic, from scholarly articles to newspaper articles and government reports. It will be of particular interest to those who are interested in learning more about the British Bangladeshi population.'
Nazli Kibria

‘This book is a welcome and significant addition to scholarly writings. It would be useful, both for general readers and researchers, in understandingthe identity politics of Bangladeshi migrants in Britain in particular.'
Md Mizanur Rahman, Bangabdndhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Science & Tbchnology Llniuersi4t Dhaka, Bangladesh
SouthAsia Research Vol. 35 (2):257-276
January 2016

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