Scottish Muslims through a Decade of Change: Wounded by the Stigma, Healed by Islam, Rescued by Scotland

Stefano Bonino

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    Abstract

    This paper explores the emergence of self-conscious Muslim identities a decade after 9/11 within a generally inclusive Scottish context. Qualitative fieldwork conducted among Muslims in Edinburgh between 2011 and 2013 suggests that Islam has come to the foreground of Muslims’ multiple identities as a force that unites an ethno-culturally diverse community in a historical moment of perceived threat and exclusion. Muslims challenge the global post-9/11 negative climate and find in Islam a powerful tool of individual and collective survival. The global stigmatization of Muslimness has local ramifications in, but is not a specific function of, Scotland. Instead, Scotland generally appears to be a place of relative tolerance in which proudly Scottish Muslims can express their Muslimness with a certain degree of freedom. Scotland promotes a uniquely Scottish experience to be Muslim and acts as a conduit for positive, rediscovered religious experiences.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)78-105
    Number of pages28
    JournalScottish Affairs
    Volume24
    Issue number1
    Early online dateJan 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

    Keywords

    • Muslims
    • Islam
    • Identity
    • Community
    • Scotland
    • 9/11

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