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Somali, Muslim, British : Striving in Securitized Britain, Hardback Book

Somali, Muslim, British : Striving in Securitized Britain Hardback

Part of the LSE Monographs on Social Anthropology series


Somalis are one of the most chastised Muslim communities in Europe.

Depicted in the news as victims of female genital mutilation, perpetrators of gang violence, or more recently, as radical Islamists, Somalis have been cast as a threat to social cohesion, national identity, and security in Britain and beyond.

Somali, Muslim, British shifts attention away from these public representations to provide a detailed ethnographic study of Somali Muslim women's engagements with religion, political discourses, and public culture in the United Kingdom.

The book chronicles the aspirations of different generations of Somali women as they respond to publicly charged questions of what it means to be Muslim, Somali, and British.

By challenging and reconfiguring the dominant political frameworks in which they are immersed, these women imagine new ways of being in securitized Britain.

Giulia Liberatore provides a nuanced account of Islamic piety, arguing that it needs to be understood as one among many forms of striving that individuals pursue throughout their lives.

Bringing new perspectives to debates about Islam and multiculturalism in Europe, this book makes an important contribution to the anthropology of religion, subjectivity, and gender.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Gender studies: women
  • ISBN: 9781350027718

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