Spring 2023: Sectarian Divisions in the British Muslim Community
Since the first labour migrant workers arriving in the early 1900s, various sectarian divisions have existed and evolved amidst British Muslims. From the 70s and 80s onwards Deoband Madrassas have developed as educational pillars across the UK. In an increasingly globalised world however, proliferation of technology and transport has enabled greater exposure to a variety of sects in Islam. In the last decade in particular, Neo-Sufi spaces have become popular amongst younger Muslims who often desire deep spiritual connection in a fast-moving world. To complicate this further, in recent years, Covid-19 suspended the use of mosques leaving millions of British Muslims turning to social media to remain connected to to their faith. During this time sectarian divisions may have become blurred to an extent, as a number of religious scholars who are social media personalities, tend to transcend sectarian divisions in and through their posts.
We invite scholars of all backgrounds to write short essays of no more than 2,500 words each to feature in our next issue. We aim to capture sectarian divisions in contemporary British Muslim society from an intersectional lens by which we mean, we would like scholars to explore sectarian divisions in and through the following prisms: gender, geography, class, race, ethnicity. Papers may also focus on the impact of social media and technological advancements on sectarian associations.
Coronavirus Special Issue
We will be dedicating the first issue to focusing on the impact of coronavirus in the British Muslim Community. The journal is conducting its own study into this, which can be accessed here.
We welcome submissions on the following:
(a) Auto-ethnographic papers detailing one's personal experience of the coronavirus outbreak as a British Muslim 8-10,000 words;
(b) The impact of coronavirus on/for any aspect of the British Muslim community (i.e. religious practices, educational experiences, employment experiences, mental health etc), 8-10,000 words.
(c) Commentaries (non-academic) on any aspect of coronavirus pandemic and the British Muslim community, up-to 3000 words.
Please click on the submissions page for guidelines as to how to submit your paper.
Deadline for Abstracts: 1st May 2020.
Deadline for complete articles: 1st September 2020.