Islam, Muslim Youth and Identity – History and Social Sciences Faculty Seminar Series – schedule


Islam, Muslim Youth and Identity

Seminar organizers: Professor Ravinder Barn (CrimSoc), and Professor Humayun Ansari (History)

History and Social Sciences Faculty Seminar Series

Lunchtime seminars Wednesdays 13.00-14.00

Since the Rushdie affair, almost two decades ago, there has been much public concern about the ‘integration’ of Muslims in British society. The events of 11 September 2001 in the USA, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, 7 July 2005 bombings in London, and the daily happenings in Israel/Palestine amongst other world conflicts involving Muslims have been seen to be contributory political factors for Muslims to identify with their faith rather than a nation-state or ethnicity. The increasing ‘Islamophobia’ in Western countries, coupled with the discrimination and disadvantage experienced by Muslims could arguably be among the important factors in group and individual identity construction, and politics. This seminar series aims to bring together the disparate academic debates and discussions on the politics of identity, belonging, culture and faith. We are seeking to integrate theoretical and empirical writings on Islam, fundamentalism and the politics of social cohesion and integration. It is intended that given the increasing concern about Islam, youth and radicalisation, muslim youth will constitute the key underlying theme in all seminars.


2 December 2009, 13.00-14.00

Islam, Young Muslims and Identity – the stratification of discrimination in the UK.
Jagtar Singh
, Director, The Change Institute
Venue: McRae 201

27 January 2010

Moroccan boys in the Netherlands: between integration and exclusion
Dr. Francis Pakes
, Reader in Comparative Criminology, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth
Venue: McCrea 336

5 May 2010

“We are the West”: Muslim women’s claims of identity and belonging

Dr. Katherine Brown, Kings College London

16 June 2010

Tahir Abbas, Visting Professor, Birkbeck, University of London
Title / Venue: TBC


Co-ordinators: Ravinder, and Humayun Ansari

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