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Contextualising Islam in Britain
Lecture by: Prof. Yasir Suleiman
Abstract of the Talk
Do Muslims in Britain have to have a hyphenated identity which declares them as Muslim first and British second? Can Muslims in Britain be British and Muslim at one and the same time and in equal measure? How can the Muslim experience in Britain be contextualised to argue for a non-hyphenated British Muslim identity that signals full citizenship? What relationship can British Muslims have with the state to express their full citizenship in society? How does this relationship fit into the secularism of the British state? What do we mean when we say that the Shari' is a moral path of living?
The lecture will explore these issues against the background of the Muslim experience in the United Kingdom during the past two decades in which securitisation plays a significant role.
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