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Multicultural British Experience Could Guide U.S.

Mon, 16 Sep 2013 12:06:44 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Multicultural British Experience Could Guide U.S. Britain has long been a multi-cultural society, but in recent decades the country has struggled to define itself as a nation, something that the U.S. may soon experience as its own minority groups grow in size and power. WGLT's Charlie Schlenker talks with the author of a new book about one of those groups which is gravitating toward a religious and not a national identity. ISU professor Ali Riaz is the author of Islam and Identity Politics among British Bangladeshis. Riaz says young people of Bangladeshi origin in Britain think of themselves as Muslim first. This may seem strange to Americans who are taught their national story from a young age and that national identity supersedes religious denomination or even the kind of religion. Riaz unpacks why the home culture for many British Bangladeshis is Islam instead of country.

Ali Riaz is also serving as a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. His book is out from Manchester University Press. Hear more from Riaz on the future of Multi-Culturalism in Britain and how the U.S. should respond to its own growing multi-cultural character as a nation state.


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