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