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Muslims in BritainRace, Place and Identities$
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Peter Hopkins and Richard Gale

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625871

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625871.001.0001

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Introduction: Muslims in Britain – Race, Place and the Spatiality of Identities

Introduction: Muslims in Britain – Race, Place and the Spatiality of Identities

(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction: Muslims in Britain – Race, Place and the Spatiality of Identities
Muslims in Britain

Peter Hopkins

Richard Gale

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter reports a descriptive overview of the historical trajectories and demographic characteristics of the British Muslim population, drawing on 2001 Census data and the findings of sample surveys. It also provides a critical review of the literature on Islam and space. It then addresses the pathways that geographical and other spatially-oriented research on Muslims in Britain and beyond might pursue in future. It is noted that the economic disadvantages experienced by British Muslims manifest themselves spatially. The links between beliefs, texts and associated rituals lend an inherent spatiality to Islamic practice. Scholarship on Muslims in Britain draws upon a broad range of disciplinary perspectives, theoretical standpoints and methodological approaches. Muslims are much more disadvantaged than other minority groups, a pattern which is expressed and recreated in the spatial order of the specific cities in which the large majority of Muslims are concentrated.

Keywords:   British Muslims, 2001 Census, Islam, space, Britain, beliefs, texts, associated rituals

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