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The Last of the Lascars: Yemeni Muslims in Britain, 1836-2012 [Paperback]

Mohammad Siddique Seddon
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1 Jan 2014
The Last of the Lascars: Yemeni Muslims in Britain 1836-2012 charts the fascinating and little-known history of Britain's oldest Muslim community. Originally arriving as imperial oriental sailors and later as postcolonial labour migrants, Yemeni Muslims have lived in British ports and industrial cities from the mid-nineteenth century, marrying local British wives, established a network of 'Arab-only' boarding houses and cafes. They also established Britain's first mosques and religious communities in the early twentieth century, encountering racism, discrimination and even deportation in the process. Based on original research, this book brings together the unique narratives and events in the story of a British Muslim community that stretches across 170 years of history from empire to modern multicultural Britain.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Kube Publishing Ltd (1 Jan 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847740359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847740359
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,020,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dr. Seddon has contributed an important and fascinating chapter to the modern history of Britain. Based both upon a wide reading of available secondary sources and his own hands-on field research, the British Yemeni's story begins with its origins in Arabia down to the moment when Aden was absorbed into the British Empire as a Protectorate (1839). The remaining narrative sensitively recounts the gradual increase and ongoing struggle of Yemen migrants to various cities across Britain confronted by economic deprivation and discrimination in both public and private spheres: and it traces, too, the role of a handful of dedicated religious leaders in tackling their externally imposed 'invisibility' to produce its present vibrant reality as Britain's oldest integrated Muslim community." - David Waines, Emeritus Professor of Islamic Studies, Lancaster University

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Mohammad Siddique Seddon is Lecturer in Religious and Islamic Studies, Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Chester, UK. He has previously taught Islamic studies at the Universities of Lancaster and Cardiff and the Markfield Institute of Higher Education, Leicestershire. He has been involved in a number of television and radio presentations on Islam including, The Heaven and Earth Show (BBC1), Muslims Myths (Granada TV), and, Great British Islam (Channel 4). Mohammad has also published a number of related works and books including, Muslim Youth (with Fauzia Ahmad) (2012) and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Islam (with Raana Bohkari) (2010).

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my cousin told me about this book, there are photographs of my father, grandfather, grandmother, aunties uncles and cousins in it
it is very enjoyable it really follows on from another book i purchased from you.
the book in question is from ta izz to tyneside photograph no 15 is of my grandfather grandmother and uncle with the prince of
yemen taken in 1937.
i would be most interested in books about the history of yemini people in liverpool.
to sum up excellent books and would reccomend this to anyone interested in arab history
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