Scottish Muslims Through a Decade of Change: Wounded by the Stigma, Healed by Islam, Rescued by Scotland

Bonino, Stefano (2015) Scottish Muslims Through a Decade of Change: Wounded by the Stigma, Healed by Islam, Rescued by Scotland. Scottish Affairs, 24 (1). pp. 78-105. ISSN 0966-0356

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/scot.2015.0054

Abstract

This paper explores the emergence of self-conscious Muslim identities a decade after 9/11 within a generally inclusive Scottish context. Qualitative fieldwork conducted among Muslims in Edinburgh between 2011 and 2013 suggests that Islam has come to the foreground of Muslims’ multiple identities as a force that unites an ethno-culturally diverse community in a historical moment of perceived threat and exclusion. Muslims challenge the global post-9/11 negative climate and find in Islam a powerful tool of individual and collective survival. The global stigmatization of Muslimness has local ramifications in, but is not a specific function of, Scotland. Instead, Scotland generally appears to be a place of relative tolerance in which proudly Scottish Muslims can express their Muslimness with a certain degree of freedom. Scotland promotes a uniquely Scottish experience to be Muslim and acts as a conduit for positive, rediscovered religious experiences.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Scotland, 9/11, community
Subjects: L200 Politics
L300 Sociology
L400 Social Policy
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
Depositing User: Stefano Bonino
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2015 08:41
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2016 08:40
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/23673

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