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Multicultural Politics

Racism, Ethnicity, and Muslims in Britain. Contradictions of Modernity

By (author) Tariq Modood
Foreword by Craig Calhoun
Genres: Ethnic studies
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press, Minnesota, United States
Published: 21st Mar 2005
Dimensions: w 149mm h 229mm d 13mm
Weight: 362g
ISBN-10: 0816644888
ISBN-13: 9780816644889
Barcode No: 9780816644889
If, as W. E. B. Du Bois observed, the problem of the twentieth century was the problem of the color line, the problem of the twenty-first century may be one that reaches back to premodernity: religious identity. Even before 9/11 it was becoming evident that Muslims, not blacks, were perceived as the "other" most threatening to Western society, even in a relatively pluralist nation such as Britain. In Multcultural Politics, one of the most respected thinkers on ethnic minority experience in England describes how what began as a black-white division has been complicated by cultural racism, Islamophobia, and a challenge to secular modernity. Tariq Modood explores the tensions that have risen among advocates of multiculturalism as Muslims assert themselves to catch up with existing equality agendas while challenging some of the secularist, liberal, and feminist assumptions of multiculturalists. If an Islam-West divide is to be avoided in our time, Modood suggests, then Britain, with its relatively successful ethnic pluralism and its easygoing attitude toward religion, will provide a particularly revealing case and promising site for understanding.

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