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Sarah Hackett, ‘Anti-migrant hostility and the “Muslim experience”: A historical overview and a rural case study from post-war Britain’

part of: Prejudice Past, Present and Future
December 14, 2017, 4:30pm BST - 5:30pm
Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide

29 Russell Square, Bloomsbury
London WC1B 5DP
United Kingdom

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This paper examines anti-migrant hostility in relation to Muslim minority communities in post-1960s rural Britain. It uses Wiltshire in the South West of England as a case study, a county chosen for its diverse, visible and under-researched Muslim populations. Drawing upon both local government documentation and oral history interviews, it focuses on various areas, including employment, housing and neighbourhood formation, education, and religious practice and recognition. The Muslim communities discussed include Moroccans in Trowbridge, Pakistanis in Devizes, Bangladeshis is Salisbury, and Turks in Melksham. Findings and conclusions are framed within the wider context of the “Muslim experience” in post-war Britain, and informed suggestions for future research are made.

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