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Geographies of identities, including those of ethnicity, religion, race and gender, have formed an increasing focus of contemporary human geography over the last decade. The events of September 11th 2001 served to provide an illustration of the ways in which identities can be transformed across time and space by both global and local events of a social, cultural, political and economic nature. Such transformations have also illustrated the temporal and spatial construction of hate and fear and of increasing incidences of ‘Islam phobia’ through the construction of Muslims as ‘the other’. To date, however, there has been a gap in the literature as the social scientific study of religion continues to be marginalised within mainstream scholarship. This book addressed this gap by bringing together a range of cutting-edge contributions from the social, cultural, political, historical and economic sub- disciplines of geography together with writings from gender studies, cultural studies and leisure studies where research has revealed a strong spatial dimension to the construction, representation, contestation and reworking of Muslim identities. The contributors seek to illustrate the ways in which such identities are constructed, represented, negotiated and contested in everyday life in a wide variety of international contexts, focusing upon issues connected with Diaspora, gender and belonging.
Subtitle: DIASPORA, GENDER AND BELONGING
Author: CARA AITCHISON