Britain and her Islamic Diaspora: An Historical Précis and Neoteric Ethnography of British Muslims

By Kasim Randeree.

Published by The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society

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This paper explores identity issues facing British-born Muslims and examines the interrelationships between British identity, culture and religious devotion amongst British men of South Asian origin. The paper is divided into three parts. Firstly an overview of key literature is given. This is followed by two qualitative surveys: one on allegiances to national sports teams among British Muslim men of South Asian origin (based on the infamous “Tebbit Test” of 1990), the other on contemporary issues facing the same group.
The findings of the survey revealed religious conviction, loyalty to Muslim countries, a desire for unity amongst Muslims from different cultural and sectarian groups in Britain, disdain and mistrust of those responsible for the portrayal of Muslim minorities living in Britain including the media and a want for the abandonment of South Asian cultural practices which conflict with Islamic teachings.

Keywords: Religion, Islam, Muslim, Britain, British, South Asia, Identity, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh

The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp.9-22. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 576.873KB).

Dr. Kasim Randeree

Senior Researcher, Muslim Chaplain, Saïd Business School , Kellogg College, Spirituality and Faith Centre, University of Oxford, UK

Dr. Kasim Randeree (Saïd Business School and Kellogg College, University of Oxford) has a broad and interdisciplinary research program in the study of Islam and Muslims in contemporary global societies. It is through his numerous published works on Islamic perspectives on business, management and leadership for which Dr. Randeree has acquired an international reputation. In addition to his interest in the Muslim diaspora in Britain, as highlighted in this paper, his wider research at Oxford has examined social and economic development issues in OIC member nations, which has included funded projects on the global Halal trade, the contemporary usage of Waqf (Islamic endowments), the nationalisation of manpower in the Persian Gulf region, the inclusion of Muslim women in the workforce, inward migration and labour relations across the GCC states and gender justice in Islam. The Oxford University Centre for Corporate Reputation has also supported Dr. Randeree in research investigating the Olympic games and future host cities in the Muslim world. The resulting published work received considerable mainstream coverage as a consequence of London being the host city for the games in 2012, as the research has significant impact on the viability of mega-events on urban regeneration projects and the importance of sustainable development on the reputation of Olympic host cities. Dr. Randeree also contributes to the M.Sc. in Major Programme Management at Oxford University’s BT Centre for Major Programme Management.