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Department of the Languages and Cultures of the Near and Middle East

Miss Fatima Rajina

BA (University of London), PGCE (University of Bedfordshire), MA (University of London)

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Fatima Rajina
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Miss Fatima Rajina
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Thesis title:
The ethno-religious identity of British Bangladeshi Muslims
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Biography

Fatima is currently a Nohoudh scholar at SOAS, and is a German and Spanish teacher. She has an innate appreciation for the diversity of human nature, as evidenced in her choice of degree and in her desire to constantly engage with the complex and challenging facets of our global society. She enjoys reading books about world history and learning new languages. She speaks Bengali, German, Spanish and conversational Urdu. She is currently studying Arabic as part of her PhD. Fatima was awarded the Princess Diana Memorial Award for her work in promoting diversity and social cohesion in a multi-cultural society. She looks forward to bringing her inquisitive and insightful mind to the work of betterment of the British Muslim community, and hopes to contribute to its outreach.

PhD Research

This study undertakes a critical analysis of the concept and the process of identity construction within the British Bangladeshi Muslim community in East London. Here in Britain, it was the events of 7 July 2005 (7/7) that gave rise to the attention given to the British Muslims because the attacks were perpetrated by home grown British Muslims as opposed to al-Qaeda operatives from abroad. According to the 2011 Census, there are 2.7 million Muslims in England and Wales. I aim to explore how two very different generations of British Bangladeshis deal with their identity – whether it is religious and/or ethnic identity – and to what extent they impact the integration, especially of the young Muslims, into the wider British society. I am hoping to look at factors that help structure an ethno-religious identity – e.g. language, dress, cuisine, and more – and how the British Bangladeshi community has developed this identity overtime, considering the fact that the Bangladeshi community has been settled in East London since the late 1950s. This study also takes other issues, such as the role of politics, into consideration in order to help identify the possible boundaries created by the community in terms of sameness and otherness within the British society.