Muslims in Scotland

Muslims in Scotland

Muslims in Scotland

The Making of Community in a Post-9/11 World

By Stefano Bonino

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press (November 2016)

Explores what it means to be a Muslim in modern Scotland

The experience of being a Muslim in Scotland today is shaped by the global and national post-9/11 shift in public attitudes towards Muslims, and is infused by the particular social, cultural and political Scottish ways of dealing with minorities, diversity and integration. This book explores the settlement and development of Muslim communities in Scotland, highlighting the ongoing changes in their structure and the move towards a Scottish experience of being Muslim. This experience combines a sense of civic and social belonging to Scotland with a strong religious and ideological commitment to Islam.

Key Features

  • Reflects on over a decade of 9/11-related socio-political attention to Islam and Muslims within the UK in general, and Scotland in particular
  • Shows the changing patterns of Muslims’ identities and community boundaries within the Scottish context
  • Contributes to discourses around Scottish nationalism, diversity and citizenship and to broader studies on the integration of Muslims and minorities within the UK and Europe
  • Uses Edinburgh as a case study to demonstrate a successful model of Muslim integration within a cosmopolitan and economically prosperous city

Table of Contents


1. Muslims in Scotland: migration, settlement and development

2. Surviving the crisis and resisting the stigma: the post-9/11 emergence of a Muslim consciousness

3. Post-ethnic Scottish Muslim identities at the nexus of nation and religion

4. The new Muslim community: children of Islam and Scotland

5. Integrated yet discriminated against: the ghost of 9/11 in everyday Muslim life

6. Discriminated against yet integrated: Muslim resilience and Scottish engagement with diversity

Epilogue: Towards a Scottish communitarianism, where diversity and human universals meet

About the Author

Stefano Bonino is Lecturer in the Department of Social Sciences at Northumbria University and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has published academic articles on various aspects of Muslim life in Great Britain in Political Studies Review, Contemporary Islam, Scottish Affairs, Patterns of Prejudice and Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.

Source: Edinburgh University Press

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