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Muslims in IrelandPast and Present$
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Oliver Scharbrodt, Tuula Sakaranaho, Adil Hussain Khan, Yafa Shanneik, and Vivian Ibrahim

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780748696888

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748696888.001.0001

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Being Irish, Being Muslim

(p.216) Conclusion
Muslims in Ireland

Oliver Scharbrodt

Edinburgh University Press

The conclusion summarises the main findings of the book and investigates the various factors and variables that have impacted on the formations of Irish Muslim identities and discourses: the backgrounds of Muslim immigrants, the transnational links and connections of Muslims and their different communities to their countries of origins and across Europe, the ways in which they have organised and institutionalised Islam in Ireland, as well as the specific circumstances of the Irish context in which Muslim identities and discourses have evolved. Finally, the conclusion contains some deliberations around what it means to be a Muslim in Ireland. While around 75% of the Muslim population are first-generation migrants who primarily identify with their countries of origin, the coming of age of young Muslims who were born, socialised and educated in Ireland poses new challenges to traditional confessional and ethno-national definitions of Irish identity.

Keywords:   Muslims, Islam, Ireland, immigration, postcolonialism, integration

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