Reformist Muslim

Exploring possibilities for the future of Islam and other thoughts

Location: London, United Kingdom

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Where The Caliphate Is Strongest

It seems to me that the idea of the Caliphate is more popular amongst young Muslims in the U.K and other Western countries than in Muslim majority countries. One possible explanation is that Muslims in Muslim majority countries have strong nationalistic feelings which override the idea of a pan-Muslim state which would undermine their interests. This is definitely the case with Pakistanis, many of whom feel that they are treated as second class citizens by Arabs.

On the other hand the experience of some British Muslims, is isolation from the state and disillusionment with the culture of their parents, which they regard as backward and not relevant to them. Identity then comes from being Muslim as opposed to being a 'British Muslim' or 'British Asian' or 'British Asian Muslim'. Not surprisingly, trying to leave behind the 'cultural baggage' of one's parents leads to a puritan or fundamentalist form of Islam.

Perhaps a historical parallel can be drawn with the Khilafat movement in British India in the 1920's when many Muslims struggled alongside Gandhi to try and prevent the Ottoman Caliphate from being dismantled. This was while the British were by and large dominant, the idea of Pakistan had not been developed leaving Muslims to look abroad for identity.


Blogger Jordan said...

Its actually somewhat simular in the jewish community!

Jews in my community are more temple going than the typical Israeli.

Not so much because we are more religious (juduism is neteriosly secular), but we need synogogue to boost jewish nationalism... and of course, to find dates.

Of course, it was common to ask for people to buy Israeli Bonds... I think I still have mine somewhere :)

You have a great blog!!!

4:43 am, December 21, 2005  

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