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Hopkins (2004) Young Muslim men in Scotland: inclusions and exclusions In the context of a post 9/11 world, Hopkins (2004) examines the complex issues surrounding national identity for young Scottish Muslim men. With a focus on Scotland’s two main urban centres (Glasgow and Edinburgh) the study presents the views of the young Muslim men gathered through focus groups and interviews. The study finds that those who display visible markers of their Islamic identity within the Muslim community are more marginalised within Scottish society. For more studies on this topic, see the same authors’ later works; Hopkins (2007b) which challenges the view that Scotland’s youth are disengaged from mainstream politics, Hopkins (2007a) a study of the importance of global connections for young Scottish Muslim men and Hopkins (2009) a study which focuses on the experience of young Muslim men in Edinburgh and Glasgow within the context of debates around masculinity. Read More Visit site Free Glasgow City, City of Edinburgh Journal article
Hopkins (2009) Responding to the ‘crisis of masculinity’: the perspectives of young Muslim men from Glasgow and Edinburgh, Scotland This study by Hopkins (2009) examines the experience of young Muslim men in Edinburgh and Glasgow within the context of debate around masculinity. The author reveals how issues such as social class, family expectation and the young men’s own interests are part of an intricate set of issues which inform their response to questions of masculinity. The study is a welcome addition to the literature on an under-researched group within a context that is more often than not centred on the experiences of white working class youth and young black men. For further studies on Muslim masculinities and gender see Hopkins (2004) which examines the complexity of national identity for young Scottish Muslim men, Siraj (2009) which explores Muslim attitudes towards homosexuality and perceptions of gender; Siraj (2010) on how Muslim couples employ religion in reproduction of patriarchal family structures and gendered identities and Siraj (2014) who explores how Muslim men construct and articulate their masculine identity. Read More Visit site £ Glasgow City, City of Edinburgh Journal article
Siraj (2010) “Because I’m the man! I’m the head”: British married Muslims and the patriarchal family structure This study by Siraj (2010) explores how married Muslim couples in Glasgow employ religion in to reproduce patriarchal family structures and gendered identities. Siraj (2010) examines participants’ views of such hierarchal structures. The author also explores how, as husband and wife, the couples negotiate their roles and how the role of ‘head of the family’ is constructed. The author reviews previous studies of Muslim masculinities in a UK context and includes clarification of the meaning of sex, gender and masculinity for the respondents. The research also seeks to understand how respondents differentiate gender roles accordingly. The author identifies the Qur’an as the source for the justification for the dominant position of men in the Muslim family unit and an interesting discussion on these discourses is included in this paper. For further studies on Muslim masculinities and gender, see also Hopkins (2004), Hopkins (2009), Siraj (2009), Siraj (2011a), and Siraj (2014). Read More Visit site £ Glasgow City Journal article
Siraj (2014) “Men are hard … Women are soft”: Muslim men and the construction of masculine identity Siraj (2014) defines masculinity as a social construct which comprises values and qualities commonly attributed to males. The author conducts interviews with Muslim men in Glasgow for an analysis that explores how Muslim men construct and articulate their own masculine identity. Participants were drawn from a number of ethnicities, including Pakistani, Arab, Indian, and African. The paper includes a contextual overview of prominent social science research on masculinity along with a more recent study of the construction of Muslim men’s masculinity. Siraj (2014) analyses the concept of masculinity as expressed by the study respondents within the context of their religion. The research explores respondents’ narratives of how they define, construct and maintain their own masculine identities. The author finds that Muslim men construct masculinity within both biological and religious frameworks. For further studies of Muslim masculinities see also Hopkins (2004) and Hopkins (2009). Read More Visit site £ Glasgow City Journal article