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The Infidel Within: Muslims in Britain Since 1800 (Paperback)
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The Infidel Within: Muslims in Britain Since 1800 (Paperback)

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Paperback 456 Pages / Published: 13/09/2018
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Muslims constitute Britain's second largest religious grouping, and writing about their experiences has found a new audience in recent years--though not always through a positive lens. But a proper historical treatment of their arrival, settlement and establishment had been conspicuously absent until Humayun Ansari's seminal work, reissued here in an updated edition. 'The Infidel Within" draws together rich archival research and first-hand experience into a broad, integrated history of the Muslim presence in Britain. Among the topics addressed are migration and settlement in Britain before 1945, the evolution of a British Muslim identity, Muslim women and families, Muslims and education, and the growing mobilisation of Muslims in Britain's political, religious and economic life. This definitive and sympathetic history, brought right up to date, is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand modern Britain.

Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9781849049474
Number of pages: 456
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'Ansari's "The Infidel Within" remains compulsory reading for anyone wanting to understand British Muslims in all their glorious diversity. Packed with evidence, statistics and polling this new edition brings the fast-evolving story of British Muslims up to date. An engaging account that is as relevant for its historical context as it is for its commentary on contemporary challenges.' -- Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, author of 'The Enemy Within: A Tale of Muslim Britain'
'Essential reading. Humayun Ansari's is a sober and civilising voice that brings much-needed clarity and rigour to the fraught debate over the British "Muslim question".' -- James Fergusson, author of 'Al-Britannia, My Country: A Journey Through Muslim Britain'
'Impressive . . . Ansari's view is panoramic, revealing the Muslim population to be multifaceted, made up of people of different ethnic backgrounds, settled in different locations, and belonging to both Sunni and non-Sunni traditions. . . . A bold attempt to describe the Muslim population of Britain in its entirety.' -- Patricia Sellick, Journal of Islamic Studies
'This fascinating book is probably the best available account of Islam and Muslims in Britain, and for that reason makes it indispensable reading for anyone interested in the subject.' -- Yoginder Sikand, Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
'A crucial and significant intervention, exploring the long and multiple histories of Britain's Muslims and their complex engagements with state and society. . . . "The Infidel Within" creates a rich and complex picture of a community in process, charting a journey between arrival and settlement, hostility and the struggles for recognition, the demand for integration and the desire for distinction, and the continuance and transformation of anti-Muslim sentiment.' -- Claire Alexander, International Journal of Middle East Studies

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