ISD308 – Muslims in Britain and the Concept of Citizenship


  • Early Muslim migration and settlement in Britain
  • Demography, homogeneity and heterogeneity
  • The structure and organisation
  • The dilemma of two cultures
  • Integration
  • Multiculturalism
  • The degree of Muslim social cohesion
  • The problem of Islamophobia
  • Rushdi affair
  • Socio-economic profiles: education, employment, and housing
  • Muslim public life: Politics and civic participation
  • Islam and nationality and the idea of citizenship

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the successful student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the structure and composition of the Muslim communities of the UK (A3)
  • Critically review and analyse various aspects of Muslims’ life in the UK (A2, A8)
  • Consolidate and extend a systematic and coherent knowledge on the huge diversity and dynamism inherent in the Muslim community of Britain (A3)
  • Show systematic understanding of key concepts in community cohesion and the idea of citizenship (A1)

This module will call for the successful student to:

  • Communicate, transfer and apply critically ideas about different aspects of the Muslim community life in the UK (B5, C2, C4, D4)
  • Exercise significant judgment in analyze views on concepts such as social segregation and assimilation, integration and multiculturalism, and religion and nationality. (B3, B4, C3, D1, D2)

Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy

Lectures and the students’ reading communicate much of the subject matter. Seminars, class discussions, the essay and the examination encourage analysis and critical reflection.

Assessment Mode

Formative Assessment:
Questions arising from lectures form the basis formative assessment, through small group discussions leading to student-led seminar presentations. The module leader will regularly give feedback to student regarding the progress of their coursework, a draft copy of the completed coursework need be handed in to the module leader before the 10th learning week as part of the formative learning process. Additionally, revision sessions are arranged that will cover topics in preparation for exams, providing constructive formative feedback to students.

Summative Assessment:
Summative is by a coursework and a written examination. The coursework consistes of an essay of 1,500 words on a topic agreed in class to demonstrate their skill to analyse the issues related to Muslims in Britain  [Outcomes 5, 6]. The written examination takes place at the end of the semester [Outcome 1, 2, 3, 4].

Assessment Weighting
Coursework: 50%
Written Examination: 50%

Teaching Materials

Core Reading

  • Ansari, Humayun (2004) The Infidel within: The History of Muslims in Britain, 1800 to the Present, UK: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd.
  • Gilliat-Ray S. (2011) Muslims in Britain. Cambridge University Press