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Tablighi Jamaat and the Quest for the London Mega Mosque (The Modern Muslim World)
Tablighi Jamaat and the Quest for the London Mega Mosque (The Modern Muslim World)
by Zacharias P. Pieri
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £69.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and well written!, 8 April 2015
This is an excellent and in depth study of Tablighi Jamaat in Britain, and of how the movement has attempted to construct their Mega Mosque in London. The book charts Tablighi Jamaat from its origins in colonial India under the leadership of Mohammad Ilyas, before looking at its expansion to Britain and Europe. A significant portion of the book examine how Tablighi Jamaat had to adapt to the contextual pressures of a liberal democracy in order to construct their new mosque, but the author ultimately argues that TJ were constrained in their adaptation by ideology. The book situates the discussion in the broader framework of how illiberal movements adapt and function in liberal democracies, and discusses issues of citizenship, integration and the changing dynamics of British identity. I got a great insight into TJ as a movement from a wealth of interview material and thought the book was well measured, scholarly, and importantly easy to understand.


Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent: Inside British Islam
Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent: Inside British Islam
by Innes Bowen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book provides an excellent introduction to British Muslim communities, 25 Aug. 2014
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This book provides an excellent introduction to British Muslim communities. The author writes in an open and accessible ways and manages to capture the diverse and changing nature of Islam in Britain. Definitely worth a read.


Tablighi Jamaat in Britain (Handy Books for Journalists on Religion in World Affairs)
Tablighi Jamaat in Britain (Handy Books for Journalists on Religion in World Affairs)
by Dr Zacharias Pieri
Edition: Paperback

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tablighi Jamaat made easy, 20 Feb. 2013
At last - a book about Tablighi Jamaat in the UK that is well researched, accessible, informative and to the point. I've wanted to read up on this group for a while now, especially because of all the stories about them wanting to build a mega-mosque in London and that they are linked to terrorist activities...
The book gives a fascinating insight into the ideologies behind this group, painting them as scripuralist and spiritual, weary of the wider community seeing the west as sinful, but at the same time having to engage with this in order to get their work done. The book also takes a look at their mega-mosque construction project, their links to terrorism and why some Muslims and non Muslims in the wider community oppose them. Importantly, the book makes the point that Islamist movements like Tablighi Jamaat are not stagnent in time, but are rather able to adapt to their local circumstances - we have seen this with Islamist movements all over the world in the past years! Pieri's point is not one to be under estimated - Tablighi Jamaat is learning to play the game and as he puts it, to negotiate the British context, and that engagement could have a transformative effect on the group. Seeing recent newspaper reports that the Tablighis mosque plans have been rejected because they were still not compliant with what the council wanted, I wonder how much they have really changed in their beliefs, but at least its clear that they have changed their strategies. Definitely watch out for this group - its something every one should know more about, and this is an excellent place to start. I look forward to more from the Lapido series.


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