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Reactive Defiance: The Overt Religion of Britain's Muslim Youth

Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2010/03/08/The_Great_Issues_Forum_Immigration_and_Islam Sociology professor Tariq Modood describes how percieved cultural stigmas lead young British muslims towards an active, overt embracing of Islam, a trend he calls "reactive defiance." "Any minority that has that kind of pressure put upon it becomes much more aware of its own identity," he says. ----- Featuring Jose Casanova, professor of sociology at Georgetown University and a Senior Fellow in Georgetown's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs; Tariq Modood, professor of sociology at the University of Bristol and Director of the Universitys Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship; and Aristide Zolberg, Walter P. Eberstadt Professor of Political Science at The New School University. Chase Robinson, Provost of the Graduate Center, moderates a discussion including questions such as: What impact do Muslim immigrants and Islamic practices have on the societies they join? What unique challenges do Muslim immigrants face? In both America and Europe, which have welcomed greater numbers of Muslim immigrants than ever before, how is the Enlightenment ideal of tolerance balanced against the realities of vast cultural and religious differences? How do Western nations promote self-perceived openness in the face of anti-Muslim sentiment in their countries? - CUNY Tariq Modood is professor of sociology at the University of Bristol, his research interests include racism, racial equality, multiculturalism and secularism. He is the founding director of the Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol, and the Bristol director of the Leverhulme Programme on Migration and Citizenship with UCL. He is also a co-founder of the scientific journal Ethnicities. Modood was awarded an MBE for services to social sciences and ethnic relations in the 2001 New Year Honours list and elected to the Academy of Social Sciences in 2004. He has written several articles in The Guardian.
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