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Islam and the Liberal State: National Identity and the Future of Muslim Britain

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Author: Stephen JonesBrand: I. B. Tauris & CompanyBinding: HardcoverNumber Of Pages: 256Release Date: 26-11-2020Details: Product Description Islam has grown in prominence to become one of the central moral traditions in the U.K. But a popular view is that liberal and Islamic traditions are incompatible, and public debate about Islam and...

Author: Stephen Jones

Brand: I. B. Tauris & Company

Binding: Hardcover

Number Of Pages: 256

Release Date: 26-11-2020

Details: Product Description Islam has grown in prominence to become one of the central moral traditions in the U.K. But a popular view is that liberal and Islamic traditions are incompatible, and public debate about Islam and British nationhood remain polemical. So how do Western governments facilitate the incorporation of Muslim populations and institutions? And why is this important? This book addresses the lack of understanding about the character of British Islam and its relationship to the liberal state. Focusing on Islamic law, education and government, the study is unique in being based on empirical research including interviews undertaken over a ten-year period with Muslims, and analysis of public events organized by Islamic institutions. Stephen Jones challenges claims about the isolation of British Islamic organizations and shows that they have decisively shaped themselves around British public and institutional norms. The book uses evidence to argue that the incorporation of Muslim minorities enables democratic renewal, with national identification having a positive impact on cultural minorities and political dissent. It also provides a detailed examination of the political theory of liberalism and makes recommendations for a specific type of social and political liberalism that is open to the expression of religious argument in its public settings, and to associations between religious groups and the state. Review Stephen Jones has produced the first book of its kind, a work that considers the interaction of political liberalism with actual lived Islam in Britain. Islam and the Liberal State is both an urgent read in these populist times and a far-reaching vision for a better future. --Daniel Nilsson DeHanas, Senior Lecturer in Political Science and Religion, King's College London, UK About the Author Stephen H. Jones is Lecturer in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham, UK. He was General Secretary of the Muslims in Britain Research Network between 2017 and 2020. He is a sociologist of religion who writes about Islam in the UK, Islamophobia, and religion and politics.

Package Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.5 x 0.7 inches

Languages: English

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