By Fred Halliday
Worry of the terrorist risk provoked by way of radical Islam has generated heated debates on multiculturalism and the combination of Muslim migrant groups in to Britain. Yet little is understood approximately Britain’s first Muslims, the Yemenis. Yemenis started settling in British port cities first and foremost of the 20 th century, and afterwards turned a part of the immigrant labour strength in Britain’s business towns. Fred Halliday's ground-breaking examine, established in Yemen and Britain, presents a desirable case research for realizing the dynamics of immigrant cultures and the complexities of Muslim id in Britain. Telling the tales of sailor groups in Cardiff and commercial employees in Sheffield, Halliday tracks the evolution of group enterprises and the impression of British govt coverage on their improvement. He analyzes hyperlinks among the diaspora and the place of origin, and appears at how various migrant teams in Britain relate to eachother less than the Muslim umbrella. In a desirable new advent to his vintage learn, Halliday explains the way it can assist us comprehend British Islam in an age which has produced either al Qaeda and the Yemeni-born boxer Prince Naseem.
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The third, unnamed man, was in fact called Mahomet Abdullah, and he died of his wounds a day later. No more serious riots followed after those outbreaks: on the night after the one in which Mahomet Abdullah and his fellow Arabs were injured, the police were present in force, and arrested an ex-soldier who was charged with being drunk and with chasing an Arab through the streets. But the community, Arab, West Indian and Chinese, remained at home for days after, hiding indoors with the windows barred.
4 A separate but related flow was that of Egyptians, leaving their country for similar reasons but in a different direction: the educated Egyptians (doctors, teachers, technicians) tended to go to richer Arab states, such as Libya and the oil states of the Arabian Peninusla, while the poorer manual workers went first predominantly to Libya and later to Iraq and the Gulf states. Some educated Egyptians went to the USA, and a number came to Britain. From the early 1970s North Africans from all four emigrant countries came to Britain.
In the words of the Minister of Economics in 1975: Few nations are as dependent as we are on abroad for their development, but what enables us to survive, while waiting for our agriculture to revive and perhaps for some happy surprises from beneath our earth, are our emigrants. indd 15 6/10/09 09:53:41 16â•… Britain’sâ•—Firstâ•—Muslims A significant proportion of all able-bodied men were therefore working abroad. indd 16 6/10/09 09:53:41 The First Yemeni Migration:â•—The Portsâ•… 17 Chapter 2 The First Yemeni Migration: The Ports In Yemeni discussions of their community in Britain a selective geography is evident: certain towns are known because there are Yemenis there, while others are almost wholly ignored.
Britain's First Muslims: Portrait of an Arab Community by Fred Halliday