This article is a revised version of a paper delivered at the ‘Muslims, Sikhs and Hindus: South Asian diasporas in Britain and religious nationalism in South Asia’ session of the 75th Anglo-American Conference of Historians, ‘Religions and politics’, at the Beveridge Hall, University of London, 6 July 2006.
‘Burying the dead’: making Muslim space in Britain*
Version of Record online: 19 JUL 2007
Volume 80, Issue 210, pages 545–566, November 2007
How to Cite
Ansari, H. (2007), ‘Burying the dead’: making Muslim space in Britain. Historical Research, 80: 545–566. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2281.2007.00432.x
- Issue online: 19 JUL 2007
- Version of Record online: 19 JUL 2007
This article explores how far, and to what extent, burial has contributed to the establishment of a Muslim presence in Britain over the past 200 years. By discussing various ways in which Muslims have buried their dead over this period, and some of the problems that they have encountered, it addresses the significance of ritual and place-making in relation to notions of belonging and the construction of identity. In many ways, burial grounds for Muslims in Britain have operated as symbolic devices for community narratives and shared values, which in turn have nurtured forms of identification with place and community. As this article argues, they have helped to create space that demonstrates the changing nature of Muslim ‘rootedness’ within the British environment.