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Defending the FaithGlobal Histories of Apologetics and Politics in the Twentieth Century$
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Todd Weir and Hugh McLeod

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266915

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266915.001.0001

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British and Muslim? British Converts and Their Apologetics for Islam in the Interwar Period

British and Muslim? British Converts and Their Apologetics for Islam in the Interwar Period

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(p.95) 5 British and Muslim? British Converts and Their Apologetics for Islam in the Interwar Period
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Defending the Faith
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Umar Ryad

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British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197266915.003.0006

The chapter investigates the new religious life of a few well-known British converts to Islam in the interwar period; and how they practiced and defended their new faith in their colonial "secularized" state. In their eagerness to spread Islam in Europe, British converts swung between two social and religious groups at the height of European imperialism and modernism. How far can we categorize their writings as "apologetics" for Islam in the land of the colonizers? In what way did they attempt to combine their new Islamic beliefs with their background as Europeans? The chapter discusses some of the issues which they raised in response to the public debates on Islam in Britain, especially about questions related to the Caliphate, pan-Islam, colonialism, atheism and the position of women in Islam.

Keywords:   Britain, Islam, Conversion, Interwar period, Caliphate, Pan-Islam, Religious institutions

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