This book debates these questions and explores the concept of identity and how its different meanings and interpretations impact upon community policy. The chapters bring together leading academics, policymakers, think-tank representatives, and community workers to debate the connections between ethnic diversity, identity, and community cohesion.
Chapter 4: Identity Formation and Change in British Muslim Communities
Identity Formation and Change in British Muslim Communities
Questions of community cohesion, ethnic diversity and identity are intensely debated but often in very abstract ways in political philosophy, in academic colloquia, and in terms of broad national policy frameworks. In this chapter I want to move from the global and the theoretical to the local, describing and reflecting on some projects involving British Muslim communities set up by the Islamic Foundation in Leicester. I will then make some more general points about Muslim identity formation and some of the major factors at work.
The Islamic Foundation was set up in 1973 and currently has about 50 members of staff. I work for the Foundation as a ...