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Faith, ideology and fear [electronic resource] : Muslim identities within and beyond prisons / Gabriele Marranci.


Public Safety Canada Library






Includes bibliographical references and indexes.


1 online resource (vii, 181 p.)


Based on four years’ anthropological research within prisons and Muslim communities in the UK, this book offers a unique discussion of the relationship between the experience of prison among Muslims and the formation of religious identity. The author thoroughly examines Muslim religious life in prison, the work of Muslim chaplains and imams (and the overall impact that they have on Muslim prisoners), providing an analysis of the current prison policies aiming to prevent radicalisation, and discusses the counterproductive results of an increasing young Muslim presence in prisons, as well as the reaction of the Muslim communities to this increase. He suggests that the prison environment, and increasing restrictions therein, are linked to the fear of radicalization, and are facilitating identity processes in which Islam turns into an ideology.


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1. Introduction -- 2. Muslims, Islam and crime in the United Kingdom -- 3. Excluded and borderline lives: crime and existential fear -- 4. Bars, fluorescent lights and alienation: 'the torment of the grave' -- 5. Rediscovering Islam in prison: between wonder and cognitive opening -- 6. The shahadah of freedom: from doctrinal to imagistic modes of Islam -- 7. From caged bodies to caged souls: the dystopian experience of leaving prison -- 8. Conclusions.


Continuum religious studies.

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