Religious pluralism in the United States and Britain: Its implications for Muslims and nationhood

Nasar Meer*, Tariq Modood

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This article provides a historically informed analysis of the contemporary incorporation of Islam and Muslims into an idea of common – national – membership in the United States and Britain. It shows that there is a current movement towards synthesis between religious and national identities by Muslims themselves, and explores the ways in which this synthesis is occurring within rich and dynamic public spheres in societies that have historically included and incorporated other religious groups. The authors argue that both countries are wrestling with the extent to which they accommodate Muslims in ways that allow them to reconcile their faith and citizenship commitments, and that the British ‘establishment’ is no less successful at achieving this than secular republicanism in the US.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)526-540
Number of pages15
JournalSocial Compass
Volume62
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2015

Structured keywords

  • SPAIS Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship

Keywords

  • American Muslims
  • British Muslims
  • Citizenship
  • Nationhood
  • Religious pluralism

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