SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Muslim Minorities and the State: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives (Online Module)

This module explores the development of government policies in non-Muslim countries towards Muslim minority communities, from the colonial era to the present day. It focuses on eight countries: Britain, USA, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, and Singapore, using these as case studies to explore the issues raised in both western and non-western contexts. In all cases the importance of colonial legacies for understanding the contemporary situation of Muslims in these countries is a focal point for reading and discussion. In addition, the module offers a theoretical approach to Muslim minorities more generally, expanding on some of the key themes and issues covered in the introductory module for the Programme. Upon completion of this module, students will have acquired the methodological expertise to apply themselves to the study of other Muslim minorities in different geographic locations living under different jurisdictions.

All modules are subject to availability and are subject to change from session to session.

Suggested reading

Fetzer, Joel S. and Soper, J. Christopher (2005) Muslims and the State in Britain, France, and Germany (Cambridge University Press) (Dawsonera)
Yasmeen, Samina and Marković, Nina eds. (2014) Muslim Citizens in the West: Spaces and Agents of Inclusion and Exclusion (Ashgate Publishing Limited) (Dawsonera)


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