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Muslims in prison : challenge and change in Britain and France / James A. Beckford, Danièle Joly, Farhad Khosrokhavar.


Public Safety Canada Library


Books & Reports

Alternate Title

Musulmans en prison au Royaume-Uni et en France.

Call Number

HV 8865 B43m 2005




Includes bibliographical references and index.


viii, 301 p. ; 23 cm.


Also issued in French under title: Musulmans en prison au Royaume-Uni et en France.


The authors have based their findings upon original sociological research into the different responses of British and French authorities to the increasing numbers of Muslims in prison. Interviews with inmates and prison staff in various prisons show that Britain and France make sharply different provisions for the practice of Islam. The well-established practice of Christian chaplaincy in British prisons has been so well adapted to the needs of Muslims that Islam is becoming institutionalised and cemented into the structure of prisons. By contrast, French prisons provide relatively few opportunities for Muslim prisoners to practice their religion under the leadership of qualified Imams. Consequently, varieties of do-it-yourself Islam and of Muslim extremism flourish unofficially on the margins of French prisons. The book's conclusions point to the different policy implications of the British and French ways of responding to Muslim prisoners



1. Introduction : aims, access and analysis. -- 2. Conceptual framework : categorisation, Muslims and captivity. -- 3. Research contexts. -- 4. The practice of Islam in prison. -- 5. Islam, 'race' relations and discrimination in prison. -- 6. Categorisation and self-definition among Muslim prisoners. -- 7. Prison imams. -- 8. Conclusions.


Migration, minorities, and citizenship


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