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Postcolonial Minorities in Britain and FranceIn the Hyphen of the Nation-State$
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Shailja Sharma

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784993993

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784993993.001.0001

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Race by any other name: Islam and the contestation of citizenship

Race by any other name: Islam and the contestation of citizenship

(p.68) 3 Race by any other name: Islam and the contestation of citizenship
Postcolonial Minorities in Britain and France

Shailja Sharma

Manchester University Press

This chapter examines how a religion like Islam and its rise to prominence has become a covert way to talk about race. This is both historically true and is being practiced in contemporary Europe. Islam has served as a category which combines religious and ethnic otherness. Fictive ethnicity has found a convenient opponent in the fictive otherness Islam represents. Islam has become useful shorthand for conflicting policies and exclusionary rhetoric, challenging the impulse to inclusion and assimilation in these countries.

Keywords:   Islam, fictive ethnicity, racism, radicalisation, demos, ethnos

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