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Muslims in Britain

Module titleMuslims in Britain
Module codeARA2150
Academic year2020/1
Credits15
Module staff
Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

11

Number students taking module (anticipated)

15

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

In this module you will study Muslim communities and  contemporary, experiences in Britain, Europe and wider Islamic contexts. The class will promote an informed debate about its significance and future. The course aims to provide an understanding of the history of Muslim communities in Britain today and how Muslims define themselves through their faith and in light of historical and contemporary political events and attitudes. The module especially involves an examination of the debate around integration, integration strategies, assimilation and multiculturalism. It will set these against the experience of other migrant groups for comparison.  There are no specific pre-requisite or co-requisite modules for this module, it is suitable for all students, and can be part of an interdisciplinary pathway.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module aims to study the Muslim presence in Britain today, within its British, European and wider Islamic contexts, in order to promote an informed debate about its significance and future. It aims to provide an understanding of the history of Muslim communities in Britain today and how Muslims define themselves, and involves an examination of the debate around integration, integration strategies, assimilation and multiculturalism. It will set these against the experience of other migrant groups for comparison.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of the situation of Muslim communities in Britain, and in comparison with similar groups in Europe.
  • 2. Demonstrate an appreciation of the dynamics of social integration and factors that help or hinder it.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Analyse information, using a statistical, non-biased approach towards the data.
  • 4. Apply integration theories to understanding the practical interaction between communities.

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 5. Develop time organisation; analytical writing
  • 6. Write clear, grammatical English which is essential.

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Lectures 1
Definition of 'British Muslims'. History and pattern of migration. Comparison with European Muslim migration.

Lecture 2
Demographic profile of British Muslim communities. Second and later generations. Specific studies.

Lecture 3
Social/linguistic/cultural/theological profile of British Muslim communities.

Lecture 4:
Historical perspective of contacts between Britain and the Islamic world.

Lecture 5:
Assimilation Integration and acculturation. The debate and factors that help or hinder the process. Muslims and the arts as examples of integration. Perceptions of Muslims in the media.

Lecture 6:
Obligations of migrant and receiving society. Comparison with practice in other countries.

Lecture 7:
Racism and islamophobia, origins and social factors in their genesis. Some examples in practice. Comparison with other types of xenophobia.

Lectures 8-9:
Terrorism and Islam. Definition, Islamic teaching on the use of military force. Suicide bombing.

Lecture 10:
The international dimension: links to the situation in Afghanistan, Iraq and Palestine.

Lecture 11:
De-integration and ghettoisation. The prospects for the future.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
221280

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching activity 22 hoursThe classes will be seminars focusing on specific translated texts, with classroom discussions and occasional background lectures.
Guided Independent Study128 hoursA variety of independent study tasks directed by module leader

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Presentation10-15 minute presentation1, 2, 3, 4, 5,Informal Feedback in class and office hours

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
50500

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Examination502 hours1-6 Written feedback
Essay502,000 words1-6Written feedback

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExamination (2 Hours)1-6August/September reassessment period
EssayEssay (2000 words)1-6August/September reassessment period

Re-assessment notes

Reassessment will be based on same methods as assessment.

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Lewis, Philip, Islamic Britain, IB Tauris, 1994.
Jorgen Nielsen, Muslims in Western Europe, Edinburgh University Press, 2005.
John Rex, The Ghetto and the Underclass, Avebury, 1988.
Thomas Hammar, Democracy and the Nation State, Avebury 1990.
Nabil Mattar, Islam in Britain, Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Humayun Ansari, 'The Infidel Within': Muslims in Britain since 1800, University of Minnesota Press, 2005.
Tariq Modood, The Politics of Multiculturalism in the New Europe, Zed Press, 2005.
Tariq Modood, Multicultural Politics: Racism, Ethnicity and Muslims in Britain, University of Minnesota Press, 2005.
Tahir Abbas (ed), Muslim Britain: Communities under Pressure, Zed Books, 2005.
Tahir Abbas, Islamic Political Radicalism, Edinburgh University Press, 2007.

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Key words search

Muslims, Britain, European Muslim migration

Credit value15
Module ECTS

7.5

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

5

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

01/10/2008

Last revision date

20/02/2012