Family and its Changing Perceptions Amongst South Asian Muslims Living in London Since 1960

Zaidi, Syed T. M. (2016) Family and its Changing Perceptions Amongst South Asian Muslims Living in London Since 1960. Masters thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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The present study deals with the changing perceptions about family as a social unit amongst South Asian Muslims living in London since 1960. It begins with a discussion of the background of South Asian Muslims and the history of Muslims immigrants in Britain in the early years of 1960. The ideal structure of the family as the basic unit of human society in the Islamic notion is also explained in the light of these changing perceptions. A qualitative method has been selected for this study. Three families and nine participants were interviewed for this research. Three participants were selected from each family as the representing members of three different generations. The study explores the relationships between individuals of the three generations. The research also found that the primary reason behind the differences of opinions is cultural, for the Islamic point of view most of them agree on family gnomes. There is a gap found in generations, this gap extended gradually and there is a big gap between first and third generation. The key finding of the research is that there is a gap in the relationship amongst the three generations due to the differences of opinions and perceptions. The differences are not only an outcome but reflect the growing cultural distancing of the East and the West. There is a cultural evolution found in the South Asian Muslims, which has affected the third generation of immigrant families most vastly. As a result, a new culture is emerging in Britain, which could be called the ‘British Muslim Culture’, which is diverse in nature and contains traces of both Eastern and Western cultures.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
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Additional Information: Submitted to the University of Gloucestershire through The Markfield Institute of Higher Education.
Uncontrolled Keywords: South Asian Muslims, London; Family; British Muslims; Muslim youth
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creatives
Depositing User: Susan Turner
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2017 11:58
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2023 08:55

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