In recent years the debate on multiculturalism in the UK and other western societies has focused principally on Islam, and the specific 'problems' said to be posed by Muslims have been invoked to justify the claim that multiculturalism has failed. That claim is opened to scrutiny and challenged in this unique collection through a series of explorations of specific issues and controversies – including the question of the veil, crime, political Islam, the role of Muslim women, sexuality, and the Danish cartoons ...
In recent years the debate on multiculturalism in the UK and other western societies has focused principally on Islam, and the specific 'problems' said to be posed by Muslims have been invoked to justify the claim that multiculturalism has failed. That claim is opened to scrutiny and challenged in this unique collection through a series of explorations of specific issues and controversies – including the question of the veil, crime, political Islam, the role of Muslim women, sexuality, and the Danish cartoons affair – and through more general reflections on the nature of multiculturalism. By exploring the nature of cultural differences and sensitivities and examining the way conflicts have played out, this challenging book makes a wide-ranging contribution to debate and a more constructive inter-cultural engagement. The contributors draw upon the disciplines of social science, ethics, theology, philosophy and education to examine the nature of the issues and flashpoints and to draw out implications for theory, policy and practice.
MAX FARRAR Sociologist and Emeritus Professor, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK. His research concentrates on the social, economic, cultural and political issues that have arisen in the neighbourhoods in British cities in which minority ethnic populations have settled in the past 50 years. His teachign has similarly concentrated on issues of race and racism.
SIMON ROBINSON Professor of Applied and Professional Ethics, Leeds Metropolitan University, UK, Associate Director at the Ethics Centre of Excellence, and Visiting Fellow in Theology, University of Leeds. He was ordained into the Church of England priesthood in 1978 and entered university chaplaincy, developing research and teaching in areas of applied ethics.
YASMIN VALLI Principal Lecturer and Teaching Fellow at Leeds Metropolitan University. She teaches in the Carnegie Faculty of Sport and Education and is also a member of the OFSTED team for Primary and the Independent Sector. She led a national project to promote the teaching profession amongst black and minority ethnic communities. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and the National Teaching Awards Trust. IN 2003 she was awarded the Windrush Award for Education Champion.
PAUL WETHERLY Reader in Politics at Leeds Metropolitan University, where his teaching includes a course in political theory. His research interests include multiculturalism, state theory and Marxism. Wetherly is editor of The Business Environment: Themes and Issues (with Dorron Otter) and Class, Power and the State in Capitalist Society: Essays on Ralph Miliband (with Clyde Barrow and Peter Burnham).
Foreword; I.I.Mogra Introduction - 'Islam', 'the West' and 'Multiculturalism'; P.Wetherly, S.Robinson, Y.Valli &M.Farrar Multiculturalism in the UK – a Contested Discourse; M.Farrar Multiculturalism: Commonality, Diversity and Psychological Integration; T.Ramadan Freedom of Expression, Multiculturalism, and the 'Danish Cartoons'; P.Wetherly Pope Benedict XVI's Regensburg Lecture: a Flashpoint in Christian-Muslim Relations; I.Markham Secularism and the Accommodation of Religious Law: Reflections on Rowan Williams's Lecture; S.Robinson& P.Wetherly The Role of Muslim Womenin Britainin relation to the Government's 'Prevent Agenda'; Z.R.Ahmed Veiled Interventions in Pure Space: Honour, Shame and Embodied Struggles among Muslims in Britain and France; P.Werbner Sexuality Politics in Islam; A.N.Pilgrim Deconstructing the Debate around Sport and the 'Question' of 'Muslim Minorities' in the West; M.Amara& I.Henry Islam, Responsibility and Business; S.Robinson Towards a Shared Future?: Opportunity and Denial in Bradford's Experience of Ethnic and Religious Change; A.Carling From Madrassa to Mainstream - The Role of the Madrassa in Shaping the Core Islamic Values and Practice Amongst Young British Muslims; Y.Valli The Construction of Criminality and Disorder among British Muslim Young People; C.Webster Islamism and Terror: A Western Way of Doing Politics; M.Farrar