The Infidel Within, Muslims in Britain since 1800,Paperback - 438 pages,by Humayun AnsariDescription :There has been an explosion of research into the experiences of
British Muslims, but what has been conspicuous by its absence is a
proper historical treatment of the phenomenon. This book aims to address
this issue. Reissued with a new cover in 2009, The Infidel Within
remains one of the most important books on the history of British
Muslims.‘Striking diversity is the most distinctive feature of the Muslim community in Britain. Yet, as Ansari argues in this history of Islam in Britain, British Muslims have consistently been portrayed as denizens of a monolithic and undifferentiated world, ill at ease with modernity, secularism and democracy. Through painstaking research, and an inspired exploration of the issues of identity, Ansari sets out to dispel this absurd, but widely held, myth.’ — The Independent.‘Humayun Ansari does an excellent job of providing a historical and country-wide account which is not only descriptive but analytical. It is fluently written and easily accessible to a wide range of readers and has the potential of becoming the initial reference text for people starting research in the area as well as a required text for university courses.’ — Jorgen S. Nielsen, Professor of Islamic Studies, University of Birmingham.Humayun Ansari is the Director of the Centre for Ethnic Minority Studies and Equal Opportunities, and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is co-author of Managing Cultural Diversity at Work. In 2002 he was awarded the OBE for his work in race relations.