JISPIL Vol 10 Issue 1 2014 - Book Review

Islamic Radicalism and Multicultural Politics: The British Experience

by Tahir Abbas, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, New York, 2011, ISBN 9780415572255223
Reviewed by Mushtaq Ul Haq Ahmad Sikander

Islam unlike any other religion is blamed for terrorism in our contemporary times. The stereotypical media, the political commentators, strategic pundits and religious experts have so much reinforced the myth of Islam being related to terrorism, that the term Islam has become synonymous with terrorism in the eyes of Non Muslims. Though it is a fact that there has been radicalization of many Muslim youth in both the Muslim and Non Muslim countries, yet the reasons for this radicalization aren’t analyzed deeply and factually. It is generalized that Islam is responsible for them. The present book under review by the versatile academic and seasoned commentator on Muslim Affairs, Tahir Abbas, tries to fill this lacunae and voids in the dominant discourse about Muslims in academic circles and media, through this work, that includes Britain and British Muslims as a case study.

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