Young, Muslim and Criminal

Experiences, Identities and Pathways into Crime

Mohammed Qasim

Young, Muslim and Criminal

Mohammed Qasim

Distributed for Bristol University Press

224 pages | 6 x 9 1/4 | © 2018
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447341505 Published February 2018 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781447341482 Published February 2018 For sale in North and South America only
In recent years there has been significant negative attention towards young British male Muslims, who are perceived to be increasingly dangerous and criminal. However, few studies have attempted to understand their lived experiences. After spending four years with a group of young British Pakistani Muslim men who were accused of criminal acts, Qasim gained unique first-hand insight into their multifaceted lives. In this book he unwraps their lives, taking into account their socioeconomic situation, the make-up of their community, and the cultural and religious influences which impacted on them and their involvement in crime. He explores their identities and explains what role, if any, religion and Pakistani culture play in their criminal behavior. With a focus on the apparent link with gun crime and drug dealing, this important book exposes the complex nature of the young men’s pathways into crime.

Young British Pakistani Muslim men and concern with increased levels of criminality

Bradford is home turf, it’s our city

The Boys, their identities and dynamics

‘We are hustlers’ – relationship with drugs

Prison talk – The Boys and their experiences of ‘inside’

The impact of Pakistani culture and Islamic faith on the lives of The Boys

Findings and conclusions

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