British Muslims perceptions of social cohesion: from multiculturalism to community cohesion and the ‘war on terror’

Ahmed, S. 2019. British Muslims perceptions of social cohesion: from multiculturalism to community cohesion and the ‘war on terror’. Crime, Law and Social Change. 71, p. 581–595. doi:10.1007/s10611-018-9804-9

TitleBritish Muslims perceptions of social cohesion: from multiculturalism to community cohesion and the ‘war on terror’
TypeJournal article
AuthorsAhmed, S.
Abstract

Since the Northern disturbances of 2001 and the terrorist attacks of September 11th, the UK government has changed the focus of policies from those that predominantly focused on British Muslims’ Asian identity, to those that focus on British Muslims’ religious identity. The fracturing of the Asian identity has been evident in the political discourses on the ‘war on terror’ and community cohesion, with both defining British Muslims through their religious identity, as opposed to their Asian identity, an identity for which inter Asian commonality existed. This article draws on research that was conducted on British Muslims’ perceptions of social policy since the 1980s and explores the extent to which changes in governmental policies have impacted British Muslims’ perceptions of commonality with non-British Muslims. The article demonstrates how the ‘war on terror’ and community cohesion are negatively impacting social cohesion through making British Muslims feel isolated and marginalised in society. The implications of the findings are discussed in relation to the radicalisation of British Muslims and the growing influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

KeywordsMuslims . Multiculturalism . Community cohesion . War on terror
JournalCrime, Law and Social Change
Journal citation71, p. 581–595
ISSN0925-4994
1573-0751
Year2019
PublisherSpringer
Publisher's version
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1007/s10611-018-9804-9
Web address (URL)https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10611-018-9804-9
Publication dates
Published17 Nov 2018
LicenseCC BY 4.0

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