Nationhood and Muslims in Britain

Nasar Meer, Varun Uberoi, Tariq Modood

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


‘These are difficult times to be British’, maintain Gamble and Wright (2009: 1). Their assessment centres on how ‘the state which underpinned British identity is no longer the confident structure of earlier times’ (ibid.). They are not alone in coming to this view , and at least two implications follow from their observation. One is that the political unity of the administrative and bureaucratic components of the state is related to cultural features of British nationhood, including the ways in which people express feeling and being British. This is perhaps a familiar assessment of the configuration of all nation-states, though it could also imply that the state has been one – though not necessarily the most important - touchstone in the historical cultivation of ‘British’ as a national identity (Uberoi and McLean, 2009).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFear, Anxiety, and National Identity
EditorsNancy Foner, Patrick Simon
PublisherRussell Sage Foundation
ISBN (Print)978-1-61044-853-6
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2015


  • British
  • national identity
  • Muslims


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