Newman Reader in Stylistics explores exclusion of Muslims in England in recent article

Updated on: 20/09/2017

Stephen Pihlaja, Reader in Stylistics at Newman University Birmingham, along with Naomi Thompson, Lecturer in Youth and Community Work at Goldsmiths, University of London have recently explored the experiences of exclusion faced by young Muslims in England.

Both Stephen and Naomi’s article, which has been published on the Youth & Policy website, speaks of the experiences of young Muslims after terrorist events such as the Westminster and the London Bridge attacks and the attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester earlier this year. The article includes stories from young Muslims who describe their own experiences living in Birmingham and London.

Dr Pihlaja commented, ‘The research shows the importance of hearing from everyone affected by terrorism, including young Muslims who face discrimination and violence after terrorist attacks.’

Stephen and Naomi began research in early-2016 and the article was published this September.  The article gives readers an insight into the thoughts of young Muslims and shares experiences of how they have felt excluded and their thoughts behind the exclusion.

The article concludes that there is a need to recognise how stigmatising language affects young Muslims, and how this negativity is reinforced by current policy and practice interventions such as the Prevent Strategy. The article suggests that work needs to be done to challenge this exclusion and ‘othering’ of young Muslims.

The article is available to read online on the Youth & Policy website.

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