مجلة عصور الجديدة
Volume 9, Numéro 3, Pages 438-455

Reflections On The Future Of Islam In Britain

Authors : Rezga Zahraa .

Abstract

In the course of speaking about the future of the British Muslims, one can be hopeless especially with regard to the challenges they are facing namely Islamophobia, integration, terrorism, radicalization and media. Listening to views on being wrong on multiculturalism and immigration policies, and others being alarmed by demographic predictions, one would feel the projection of a majority Muslim Britain could be a fact. Still, however, the question that needs to be raised is whether Islam is a threat to Britain’s long-established Christian identity or the whole story is but a myth. In addition to this, one needs to know if the pessimistic state of relations between Muslim and non-Muslim communities can change: violence and prejudice stop, and suspicion disappears. Different thinkers outlined multiple visions about the future of Islam in the West in general, but it depends on Islam first, and then on time to tell whose approach or proposal was right. This essay explores both the Western vision about the future and challenges of British Islam and that of the European Muslims in the wake of contemporary Islamic revival in Britain. Neither the Western worries nor the liberal dream proved right while the faith remained constant and appealing to whoever encountered it.

Keywords

Future of British Islam ; Islam ; British Muslims ; challenges ; Islamophobia ; prejudice ; visions ; Islamic revival ; Britain ; Appealing