The Place of Muslims in British Secular Multiculturalism

  • Tariq Modood


The large presence of Muslims in Britain today (between 1 and 2 millions, more than half of South Asian, primarily Pakistani, origins) is a result of Commonwealth immigration from the 1950s onwards. This was initially male labour from rural small farm owning and artisan backgrounds seeking to meet the demand for unskilled and semi-skilled industrial workers in the British economy, with wives and children arriving from about the 1970s. The proportion of urban professionals among South Asian Muslims was small, though it increased with the arrival of political refugees from East Africa in the late 1960s and 1970s (though the majority of this group were Hindus and Sikhs).


Supra Note Racial Equality Religious Minority Minority Identity Religious Discrimination 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tariq Modood
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  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and CitizenshipUniversity of BristolUK

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