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Being Young and MuslimNew Cultural Politics in the Global South and North$
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Asef Bayat and Linda Herrera

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195369212

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195369212.001.0001

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Fun^Da^Mental’s “Jihad Rap”

Fun^Da^Mental’s “Jihad Rap”

(p.291) 18 Fun^Da^Mental’s “Jihad Rap”
Being Young and Muslim

Ted Swedenburg

Oxford University Press

Roughly 1.6 million Muslims reside in Britain today, of whom one million are British of South Asian origin, or “BrAsians.” Within a context of increased visibility and notoriety for BrAsian Muslims in the United Kingdom, of moral panics over Muslim youth, of an upsurge in racist violence, and of antiracist mobilizations, the rap group Fun^Da^Mental emerged onto the music scene and released its first album in 1994. Fun^Da^Mental serves as an important pop culture correction to mainstream views about Muslim youth in the United Kingdom. Militant yet inclusive and open, rejectionist yet deeply concerned with education and dialogue, Muslim and black and British/punk, and global in their concern, they provide a very different, multiplexed, and more useful vision of what it might mean to be “Muslim” in today’s Britain.

Keywords:   British South Asian, muslim youth, United Kingdom, moral panics, rap, punk, pop culture

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