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Muslims in the WestFrom Sojourners to Citizens$
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Yvonne Yazbeck Haddad

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195148053

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195148053.001.0001

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Islamophobia and Muslim Recognition in Britain

Islamophobia and Muslim Recognition in Britain

(p.19) 1 Islamophobia and Muslim Recognition in Britain
Muslims in the West

Steven Vertovec

Oxford University Press

Over the past decade, Muslims in Britain have been the focus of increasing public attention. One widespread form of such attention has been highly negative: Muslims have been portrayed in all kinds of media in very derogatory and vilifying ways. Among the effects of such depiction, which has contributed to what is now widely referred to as “Islamophobia,” Muslims in Britain have been subject to considerable discrimination and even violence. At the same time, however, another form of public attention has been much more positive. Muslims have made very significant strides in achieving multiple forms of recognition and accommodation in a variety of public spheres and institutions in Britain, right up to representation in the House of Lords. This chapter describes these two simultaneous yet opposite trends.

Keywords:   Muslims, Britain, Islamophobia, discrimination, violence, recognition

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