Integrating Muslims – a Matter of Faith?

The Pew Research Center's poll of Muslims in America fails in one key way: as has been the case since 9/11, Muslims are classed as a group regardless of nationality.

 

 

Islam is a religion, not a race, country or culture, and while there are of course many commonalities between Muslims from different countries, there are also differences.

 

A letter in the UK's Financial Times on 25 May from Chris Doyle, director of CAABU (Council for Arab-British Understanding) pointed out very eloquently that "the success - or failure - of Muslim communities to integrate has little to do with their faith" and points out that communities tend to form around shared nationalities rather than religion.

 

With the current Western fixation on the integration of Muslims into the host society, the letter also points out that "British expatriates all over the world have created isolated communities where so often they do not speak the host language or engage meaningfully with their surrounding society and culture." Unsurprisingly no-one has ever suggested the legion of Brits living in Spain shoud be adopting their host country's culture and language and values...

 

The full letter can be found here:

 

www.caabu.org/index.asp?homepage=press&article=caabu_letters&detail=ft_muslim_integration

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About Kamin Mohammadi

Kamin Mohammadi is an Iranian writer, journalist, broadcaster and commentator who lives in London where she moved after leaving Iran as a child. She specialises in writing about Iran, particularly modern society. She is passionate about bringing out the human elements of the stories we see, or more often don’t see, in the news. To this end she has published major pieces on the after effects of the Iran-Iraq war, drug addiction and AIDS in Iran, the innocent civilian victims of chemical bombardments, sexual politics and even the Iranian penchant for both devotion to religion and partying. She is currently writing a family memoir about Iran, to be published in 2009 by Bloomsbury and working on a cross-media project to commemorate the Iran-Iraq war. In the past she has written guide books and edited glossy magazines.

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