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About Tariq Modood
Tariq Modood is professor of sociology, politics and public policy and the founding director of the Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship at the University of Bristol. His books include (as co-editor) Ethnicity, Nationalism and Minority Rights and Ethnicity, Social Mobility and Public Policy: Comparing the US and UK (both Cambridge University Press, 2005); (as co-editor) Multiculturalism, Muslims and Citizenship: A European Approach (Routledge 2006); (as author) Multicultural Politics: Racism, Ethnicity and Muslims in Britain (Edinburgh University Press, 2005); (as author) Multiculturalism: A Civic Idea (Polity, 2007); (as co-editor) Secularism, Religion, and Multicultural Citizenship (Cambridge University Press, 2008); and Still Not Easy Being British: Struggles for a Multicultural Citizenship (Trentham Books, 2010)
Articles by Tariq Modood
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A thoughtful lecture on legal pluralism by a Christian leader has been succeeded in Britain by a torrent of ill-informed and prejudiced comment about Islam-based law and influence. This is a moment to reaffirm the principles on which social harmony is founded, says Tariq Modood: foremost among them the intertwining of citizenship and multicultural recognition.
openDemocracy's debate on Tariq Modood's new articulation of multiculturalism focused on issues of liberalism, communalism, cosmopolitanism, and transnational Muslim identity. Here, Tariq Modood replies to his interlocutors.
The idea of multiculturalism faces intense criticism from voices who blame it for accentuating social division, reinforcing Muslim separateness and undermining national identity. But a developed view of multiculturalism can complement democratic citizenship and nation-building, says Tariq Modood.
The Danish cartoon scandal poses a stark choice to "progressive" citizens and thinkers in western Europe, says Tariq Modood.
Britains multicultural model is held responsible for the London bombs of July 2005. Rather, says Tariq Modood, it needs to be extended to a politics of equal respect that includes Britains Muslims in a new, shared sense of national belonging.
Anti-Muslim sentiment in post-9/11 Europe contends that Muslims compound their alien status by claiming special treatment from their hosts. But what if the aspiration to a recognised Muslim identity is itself characteristically European? In the British context, Tariq Modood argues that a healthily multicultural society needs to accommodate religion as a valid social category and rethink Europe so that the Muslim them becomes part of a plural us.