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Muslim Political Participation in Europe$
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Jorgen S. Nielsen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748646944

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646944.001.0001

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Leicester Muslims: Citizenship, Race and Civil Religion

Leicester Muslims: Citizenship, Race and Civil Religion

(p.277) Chapter 14 Leicester Muslims: Citizenship, Race and Civil Religion
Muslim Political Participation in Europe

Carolina Ivanescu

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter engages with the local understanding of plural citizenship in Leicester, by which religion and ethnicity are actively mobilised. Muslims of Leicester are looked upon from two different viewpoints: as seen through national and local policies dealing with ideas of citizenship, race and multiculturalism and as active at the grassroots. The author explores how the social and political imaginary constructed by the state is reinterpreted by local Muslim communities. Discourses of race and plurality are employed for creating space for religious collective identities, which have a specific local, national and transnational dynamic, all pointing out that faith is much more than only an individual and personal affair.

Keywords:   religious identity, British citizenship, race, grassroots, Muslimness, Prevent, Leicester

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