Islam In Contemporary Britain (MA / Diploma)
The study of Islam in Britain is a rapidly growing academic field, and there is a need for more scholars and researchers with in-depth knowledge of the history and contemporary context of British Islam.
One third of the teaching is delivered by specialist tutors from the School of Social Sciences, in order that students have a firm understanding of a) the methodological principals of conducting research on/about Islam in Britain and b) the 'politics' of research about British Islam. The remaining two-thirds of the course provides an in-depth examination of Islam in Britain, from its earliest history to the present day.
Drawing upon a wide range of disciplines (such as history, social sciences, politics, race and ethnicity), students will trace the emergence of a British Muslim population, and the dynamics which shape the community today. We look at how Muslims have engaged with local and national government in relation to matters such as education, representation, recognition, and participation in public life, and protection from ‘Islamophobia’. Throughout this exploration, students will consider the impact of debate upon particular sections of the Muslim community, such as youth or women. More broadly, the course will examine the contribution of Muslims to public and cultural life. Students will be encouraged to relate empirical evidence about Islam in Britain to the work of contemporary social theorists on power, community, identity, and representation.
Year of Entry: 2010