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Victorian MuslimAbdullah Quilliam and Islam in the West$
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Jamie Gilham and Ron Geaves

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190688349

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190688349.001.0001

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Preachers, Patriots and Islamists

Preachers, Patriots and Islamists

Contemporary British Muslims and the Afterlives of Abdullah Quilliam

(p.133) 8 Preachers, Patriots and Islamists
Victorian Muslim

Yahya Birt

Oxford University Press

Rediscovered by Islamic converts in the late 1960s and post-war migrants in Liverpool in the 1970s after he had been largely forgotten, British Muslim interest in Abdullah Quilliam has grown significantly, especially in the last decade. Although not without his contemporary critics, there is a strong hagiographic tendency that puts Quilliam forward as a founder figure in British Islam. Contemporary appropriations of Quilliam center on questions of British Muslim belonging, which is drawn out in debates on racism and effective preaching (da‘wa), and about Islam, politics and patriotism. This chapter argues that, within his overarching role as progenitor, Quilliam’s reimagined afterlives as patriot or rebel, reformer or traditionalist, or community builder or preacher, reveal tensions and developments among British Muslims today.

Keywords:   Abdullah Quilliam, Islamic converts, Post-war migrants, Hagiography, Racism, Preaching (da‘wa), Politics, Patriotism, British Muslims

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