- Siarad Cymraeg
Laura Jones is in the third year of a PhD project looking at Muslim experiences of Ramadan (the month of fasting) in contemporary Britain. She holds an MA in Islam in Contemporary Britain and an MTh in Chaplaincy Studies.
Her ethnographic research of Ramadan uses photo diaries and qualitative interviews to explore the significance of the holy month for Muslims in the UK. Her findings focus on attitudes towards food, communal elements of Ramadan and spirituality. She is interested in theories of embodiment and social construction in relation to her findings.
- Islam in contemporary Britain
- Religion in the public sphere
- Muslims and the media
- Interfaith studies
- Social theory
- Subaltern counterpublics (Fraser 1992)
- Geertz - significance, thick description
Observing Ramadan in Britain (provisional title)
Fasting in Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and something that is maintained by a diverse range of Muslims, even those who may be considered ‘less practising’ in other respects. It is an occasion which has gained attention in the mainstream media, with news coverage and specific radio and TV programmes broadcast during the month; in the commercial sector, with supermarkets offering Ramadan promotions; and in politics, with politicians delivering Ramadan greetings. Despite this, academic literature on Ramadan in the UK is sparse, thus the reason for this study.
In my thesis, I explore the significance and experience of Ramadan for British Muslims by
analysing Ramadan photo diaries from research participants and semi-structured interviews. I describe the month of Ramadan as an embodied phenomenon which serves to strengthen communal solidarity amongst Muslims. I explore topics such as food, communal activity/ritual and time in my research.