Islam and British multiculturalism

Nasar Meer, Tariq Modood

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A number of intellectuals and scholars have recently characterized British multiculturalism as being in some form of "retreat". This article queries the validity of this assessment. It is worth distinguishing at the outset, however, between those seeking to point to a normative or descriptive tendency and others who have made little attempt to disguise their political motives in rejecting Britain's multiculturalism. There are at least two reasons why Muslims and multiculturalism have become so intertwined. The first is that the making of claims by Muslims has been characterized as markedly ambitious and difficult to accommodate. The second reason derives from global events, and not necessarily from the acts of terrorism carried out by protagonists proclaiming a Muslim agenda, but from the subsequent conflation of a criminal minority with an assumed tendency inherent in the many.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-99
Number of pages13
JournalGlobal Dialogue
Issue number3-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2007


  • cultural policy
  • multiculturalism
  • Muslims
  • Islam
  • Islamic culture


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