This new volume showcases the latest research into Muslim political participation both in terms of electoral politics and civil society initiatives.

Muslims play a prominent role in British political life yet what do we actually know about the involvement of British Muslims beyond the existence of a handful of Muslim MPs? What is unique about political participation in Muslim communities? All the major parties actively seek to court a ‘Muslim electorate’ but does such a phenomenon exist? Despite the impact that Muslims have had on election campaigns and their roles in various political institutions, research on this topic remains scant. Indeed, much of the existing work was couched within the broader areas of the participation of ethnic minorities or the impact of race on electoral politics. The chapters in this volume address this lacuna by highlighting different aspects of Muslim participation in British politics. They investigate voting patterns and election campaigns, civil society and grassroots political movements, the engagement of young people and the participation of Muslims in formal political institutions.

Written in an accessible style, this book will be of interest to students and scholars of political participation and religious studies.

chapter 1|11 pages


part 1|69 pages

Voting and elections

chapter 1|17 pages

The paradox of patronage politics

Biraderi, representation and political participation amongst British Pakistanis

chapter 2|21 pages

Muslim electoral participation in British general elections

An historical perspective and case study

chapter 3|29 pages

Mosques and political engagement in Britain

Participation or segregation?

part 2|55 pages

Social Movements

chapter 4|18 pages

Women from Muslim communities in Britain

Political and civic activism in the 9/11 era 1

part 3|54 pages

Exploring the political amongst young people

part 4|64 pages

Voting and elections