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There is no such thing as a British Muslim, only a Muslim.

Contemporary Britain is a fine example of a country which is proud of its multiculturalism. Nevertheless, within these religious and ethnic groups, questions arise over such things as equality, representation and much more. That said, the key question of how religious traditions within certain faith groups can potentially conflict with nationality is an interesting one.

This essay seeks to explore this issue further. By focussing on how religious affiliation could conflict with nationality in two faiths, Islam and Judaism, we will attempt to highlight what problems (if any) there are with the specific terms 'British Muslim' and 'British Jew'.

What these figures show, although with all statistics they need to be treated with the usual caution, is that while some Muslim Britons clearly see themselves as exclusively Muslim and that there is an incompatibility with being British and Muslim, a majority (in this case certainly) see there being no clear disconnect. That while they acknowledged their Muslim identity, they did not agree that it in anyway meant that religious affiliation in conflicted with their Britishness.

British Multiculturalism without doubt assists in the highlighting of specifically 'Muslim' issues and it is here that the artificial constructs of segregated communities lie. The term 'British Muslim' in itself is imprecise and does properly take into consideration the diversity within the British population. All in all, if one considers this alongside the evidence suggesting that Jews, outside those of Orthodox persuasion, are also having little trouble with the mix of identity constructs, we could say that there is not in fact a community of British Jews or British Muslims as such - only a group of Muslim Britons and Jewish Britons - be it either ethnic or religious in nature.

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