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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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Holy Places, Contested Spaces: British Pakistani Accounts of Pilgrimage to Makkah and Madinah

Holy Places, Contested Spaces: British Pakistani Accounts of Pilgrimage to Makkah and Madinah

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(p.132) Chapter 8 Holy Places, Contested Spaces: British Pakistani Accounts of Pilgrimage to Makkah and Madinah
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Muslims in Britain
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Peter Hopkins

Richard Gale

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625871.003.0008

This chapter presents an argument that Muslim identities are increasingly standardised and homogenised in the global postmodern requires significant qualification. In underscoring the significance of ‘being there’, pilgrims strengthened the idea of the holy places as a spiritual homeland and ‘one of the primal scenes of Islam’. The sacrifice of 'id al-'adha, sometimes known as 'id al-kabir (the ‘big’ festival), is the normative culmination of the Hajj. The increasing mobility and prosperity linked with international migration has meant that pilgrimage to Makkah and Madinah has become more affordable, convenient and democratised for Pakistanis in Britain than it was for their ancestors. British Pakistanis report pilgrimage not only as an emotional and testing personal journey from sinfulness to purification but also as a collective return to the mythic homeland of the umma and, ultimately, all monotheistic humanity.

Keywords:   pilgrims, Muslim identities, British Pakistanis, Islam, pilgrimage, Makkah, Madinah, Britain

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