Journal Article: “Controversy, Islam and politics: an exploration of the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ affair through the eyes of British Muslim elites”, Ethnic & Racial Studies

ERSThe article I co-authored with Arshad Isakjee has finally been published in the journal, Ethnic and Racial Studies. You can read it by clicking here.

While a very good journal, access is unlikely to be free unless you are able to go through an institutional provider (I hope that makes sense). This is of course a shame as I would love the piece to be read by as wide an audience as possible.

To whet your appetite, I have pasted the abstract below:

Controversy, Islam and politics: an exploration of the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ affair through the eyes of British Muslim elites

In September 2012, a video entitled ‘Innocence of Muslims’ was uploaded to YouTube. The fourteen-minute clip featured actors playing the Prophet Muhammad, his companions and wives, and while production values were amateurish, aided by airings on Egyptian national television and others elsewhere, the video went viral. Recalling the Rushdie affair two decades beforehand, angry protests took place across the world. In the UK, the response from Muslims was markedly different. This article traces the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ affair from the eyes of those involved in formal Muslim-governmental relations. It explores what the new controversy tells us about the representation of Muslim communities in the process of political engagement since the Rushdie affair. It considers the experiential disconnect that exists between Muslim and political actors in contemporary Britain before exploring three important political factors – the cultural, representational and geopolitical – that influence and impact upon Muslim–governmental relations.

To find out more, click here.


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