From the margins to the centre: Shi‘a-led grassroots organisations and the shaping of an inclusive Muslim identity in Britain

Elvire Corboz*, Emanuelle Degli Esposti

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Despite recent scholarly focus on Shi‘a minorities in Britain, there has been little exploration of how Shi‘a (re)define what it means to be a British Muslim more broadly. Here, we shift the focus away from inward-looking manifestations of Shi‘a-specific identity and towards the diverse ways Shi‘a Muslims are actively seeking to promote and enact inclusive ways of being Muslim in Britain. Profiling three Shi‘a-led grassroots organisations – Who is Hussain, Love Muhammad, and The Muslim Vibe – we explore how the younger generations of British Shi‘a are invested in creating and sustaining a sense of inclusive British Islam which, by drawing on what we call an “Islamically-conscious” ethics, seeks to engage Sunni Muslims and wider society in contemporary Britain.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Muslims in Europe
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 6 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Shi'a grassroots
  • British Muslim identity
  • Sunni-Shi'a relations
  • inclusivity
  • Islamically-conscious
  • ethics

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