Following on from recent events and the scrutiny placed on Birmingham and its Muslim communities, I thought it might be worthwhile re-sharing the findings from some research I undertook in the city in the aftermath of the riots in 2011. Aside from asking about Muslim’s views about the riots and the causes of them, the research also asked about their feelings towards Birmingham as home as also their sense of belonging too.
Some of the things that the respondents said have particular resonance today. As one put it:
“Muslims are tired of being portrayed as something they are not. They are tired of all the lies and bad press. They love their country, they love the gentle nature of most of the British public, they just want to live a peaceful quiet existence”
And of course, the words of Tariq Jahan continue to ring true today:
“If you look around here, there are black, brown, white and yellow people, they are all my community. We live together and we can stay together”
You can download and read the report by clicking here.