Loyal Enemies: British Converts to Islam 1850-1950

Hardcover | June 15, 2014

byJamie Gilham

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Loyal Enemies uncovers the history of the earliest British converts to Islam who lived their lives freely as Muslims on British soil, from the 1850s to the 1950s. Drawing on original archival research, it reveals that people from across the range of social classes defied convention by choosingIslam in this period. Through a series of case studies of influential converts and pioneering Muslim communities, Loyal Enemies considers how the culture of Empire and imperialism influenced and affected their conversions and subsequent lives, before examining how they adapted and sustained their faith. Jamie Gilhamshows that, although the overall number of converts was small, conversion to Islam aroused hostile reactions locally and nationally. He therefore also probes the roots of antipathy towards Islam and Muslims, identifies their manifestations and explores what conversion entailed socially andculturally. He also considers whether there was any substance to persistent allegations that converts had "divided" loyalties between the British Crown and a Muslim ruler, country or community. Loyal Enemies is a book about the past, but its core themes - about faith and belief, identity, Empire,loyalties and discrimination - are still salient today.

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Loyal Enemies uncovers the history of the earliest British converts to Islam who lived their lives freely as Muslims on British soil, from the 1850s to the 1950s. Drawing on original archival research, it reveals that people from across the range of social classes defied convention by choosingIslam in this period. Through a series of ...

Jamie Gilham is a historian whose research focuses on the modern history and politics of Islam and Muslims in Britain. He holds a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.58 × 5.79 × 1.1 inPublished:June 15, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199377251

ISBN - 13:9780199377251

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"This is a well-researched and extraordinary account of British converts to Islam, ranging from my great-grandfather's elder brother Henry Stanley, first Muslim peer of the realm, to 'Harry' St John Philby, uncritical fan of Ibn Saud and Wahabism. They all swam resolutely against the tide ofpublic opinion of their day." --Lord Avebury, Liberal Democrat Peer