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5.0 out of 5 stars "South Asian Muslim Communities: Leading lights in Political struggle from 1970s & not just since 1990s or post 2001!, 21 May 2009
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Matloub Husayn-Ali-Khan "Matloub" (South Yorkshire, Sheffield, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Muslim Britain: Communities Under Pressure (Paperback)
This book is an excellent guide to making sense of the highly complex and diverse nature of British Muslim communities that had originally migrated from South Asia. As someone who had identified as being "Asian" and with Asian Youth Movements (AYM's) politics and after the post-Rushdie 'identity crisis' of the left & my own identification with being a "Muslim" activist since 1990 and even much more pronounced since 2001 (9/11) events! It is welcome relief to read the analysis of leading authorities who write about us Muslims and the burning issues of Islamaphobia, gender, identity and media representation and remembering my own small contribution to the debate through "Facing the Book" (Satanic Verses Controversy) in May 1990 on British Television.

I found the discussion and analysis on political alliances of young South Asian Muslims with the left during the second Gulf war anti-war demonstrations - as an indicator of what drove these second generations Muslims aged 20 or over to protest against the war. Yet, for the older second generation Muslims like me aged 40 plus - who participated in protests against racism through the AYMs in which in which we united across communities, between black people, the working class and all progressive peoples- black and white are powerful legacies of secularism when Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and Christians worked together in the struggle for justice. Many AYMs had majority Muslim membership and nowadays (2004) around 1.6 million Muslims in Britain.

Many of us were inspired by the anti-colonial movements, socialism and the black power movement of the United States; the AYMs spoke out against, not just racism, but wider exploitation and outrage. As Ron Geaves states at (p74): "...The political alliances forged by the Stop the War may be typical of modern politics, where number of identities are fleetingly taken on as alliances are formed that may not survive the particular issue..." It may be true that the issue of that Stop the war & alliances formed has not survived totally but the issue of racism has survived and the legacy of what the AYMs were in the 1970s and 1980s became powerful examples of political movements influenced by black politics without the overriding identity of religion or faith.

It is these issues that I felt were missing from this book and there some references to them indirectly and it would be useful to do further research on forging of political alliances with South Asian communities across the board without focusing on Muslim
Communities - who obviously form the majority of the South Asian settled in post-war Britain.

Overall, I found the book to be constructive and very wide-ranging in bringing politics, anthropology, theology, sociology and social geography to further contribute to the debate and move it forward.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Young, British and Muslim, 29 Jun 2008
This review is from: Muslim Britain: Communities Under Pressure (Paperback)
Please note that this excellent book is not written by Jon Snow, who writes the foreword. The author is Philip Lewis who also wrote Islamic Britain published in 1994.
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