Identity and Political Participation Among Young British by A. Mustafa

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This booklet tackles unanswered questions about British Muslims and political participation: What makes faith a salient 'political' identification for younger Muslims (over the other identity)? How do younger British Muslims establish themselves and the way does it relate to their political engagement? a desirable perception into the lives of younger British Muslims.

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They are our fellow citizens, yet often we barely acknowledge them. We misrepresent them and in certain cases we persecute them. We do not treat Muslims with the tolerance, decency and fairness that we so 18 Identity and Political Participation Among Young British Muslims often like to boast is the British way. We urgently need to change our public culture. (Oborne and Jones, 2008: 30) The media concentration on seeing Muslims either as a national threat or as culturally inferior is problematic and has a long-lasting impact, on young generations of British Muslims and more importantly on the perceptions of the general population.

This social context has also seen the rise in Islamophobia, prejudice and harassment – the 2008–2009 Citizenship survey found one in five (7 per cent) of Muslim-reported harassment was a very or fairly big problem in their local area (CLG, 2010: 35). Anti-Muslim prejudice has been highlighted by initiatives such as Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks) run by Fair Matters. org/). As discussed earlier, the role that negative media portrayal, the emphasis of counter-terrorism measures and the harmful political discourse centred on Muslims has led to feelings of ‘othering’ among British Muslims – a sense that no matter how attached a Muslim is to 30 Identity and Political Participation Among Young British Muslims their national identity, he or she is always seen as an outsider, a foreigner.

We do not treat Muslims with the tolerance, decency and fairness that we so 18 Identity and Political Participation Among Young British Muslims often like to boast is the British way. We urgently need to change our public culture. (Oborne and Jones, 2008: 30) The media concentration on seeing Muslims either as a national threat or as culturally inferior is problematic and has a long-lasting impact, on young generations of British Muslims and more importantly on the perceptions of the general population.

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