British Muslims | Gender and generations

This guide is part of a series of new resources giving an overview of Muslims and Islam in the UK.

Muslim women in the UK have been the subject of academic research and wider public debate, but discussion of their identities has too often focused around the subject of veiling. Male gender issues are under-researched. Common stereotypes, of British Muslim men as gangsters or terrorists, mask diverse masculinities, based on religion, class, educational achievement and other variables. This guide looks at gender identities in British Muslim communities, particularly among young people.

The guide draws on academic literature from Islamic studies, religious studies, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, education, social psychology, and policy and security studies, as well as information from a variety of websites produced by Muslim and Islamic groups, and material from news websites.

Written by CREST Researcher Professor Kim Knott, this guide comes out of CREST’s Ideas, Beliefs and Values in Social Context project and is intended to inform and enrich discussions about Muslims in the UK.

The guide provides a case-studies young Muslim women and diverse Muslim masculinities and also covers topics such as:

  • Muslim women’s spaces, participation and activism
  • Muslim men and masculinities
  • Religious and national identity
  • Cultural, secular and ex-Muslims

Other resources available in our series on Muslims in the UK include:

  • Charities and organisations
  • Demography and communities
  • Families and family life
  • History
  • Mosques
  • Sectarian movements
  • Full annotated report
  • Executive summary of full report

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