Aspects of Islam and social coexistence: the case of Britain

Khalid, Amr M. (2010) Aspects of Islam and social coexistence: the case of Britain. Doctoral thesis, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

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Abstract

This study deals with coexistence between Muslims and non-Muslims in the British society in the social context from an Islamic perspective. It identifies factors working for achieving coexistence between Muslims and non-Muslims in Britain. It also deals with factors that could undermine that coexistence. Then, it proposes certain ways for overcoming or, at least, reducing these factors. The study conducts a critical analytical reading of relevant studies and uncovers their defects. It then presents an operational definition of coexistence. This is helpful in designing the questionnaires' statements and analyzing their results. The questionnaires are structured around four main areas, namely cultural and social; values and traditions; living together; and finally behaviour and relationships. By tapping into these areas it is hoped that the research will be able to understand many prevailing social phenomena and identify the cultural and religious backgrounds, as well as the customs and traditions which interpret these phenomena. The questionnaires' have been subjected to scientific statistical analysis that helps to interpret the social phenomenon under study. In addition, a descriptive analytical methodology has been adopted to achieve integration between the statistical method and sociological approach in analyzing this phenomenon. The study reviews the uses of statistics in the Islamic experience and theoretical aspects of the statistical criteria. It show s how questionnaires' results were reached and examines their significance regarding representation of the sample's community. In conclusion, we have arrived at a number of alternative forms of Muslims' integration in order to achieve peaceful coexistence between the non-Muslims and the Muslims of the United Kingdom. We have also focused on Muslims' view on integration and its various alternatives and coexistence mechanisms, which we have divided into cognitive mechanisms concerning the activation of social studies in British universities and practical mechanisms in social reality on the levels of individuals and civil society organizations. The present study proposes several research criteria for future studies to be based on issues and problems of coexistence between Muslims and non-Muslims in Britain.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities
Depositing User: Lesley Cresswell
Date Deposited: 06 May 2022 14:01
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2022 01:02
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/1979

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