Integration, minorities and the rhetoric of civilization

the case of British Pakistani Muslims in the UK and Malay Muslims in Singapore

Gabriele Marranci*

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This article discusses, through a comparative approach, the experience of young Muslims in Singapore and the UK as far as integration is concerned. The paper suggests that one of the main issues faced by young Muslims, in both countries, is how they are represented and understood. Indeed, British South Asian Muslims as well as Malay Muslim Singaporeans are still living in a dynamic of postcolonialism. The heritage of British colonialism still, although latently, works through the creation of categories and classifications of how identity should be defined. In both the cases of British South Asian Muslims and Singaporean Malay Muslims, there is often an unspoken request for the imagined ethnic minority to mimic the 'achiever' majority. It is in this dynamic that we can recognize what I have called a 'rhetoric of civilization'.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)814-832
Number of pages19
JournalEthnic and Racial Studies
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes

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