Diaspora by Design: Muslim Immigrants in Canada and Beyond
Published: February 2009© 2009
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 223 Pages
Dimensions: 6.03 x 9.00
223 Pages, 6.03 x 9.00 x 0.60 in
Few groups face as many misconceptions within their new countries as do Muslim immigrants. This book challenges the common misperceptions of Muslim immigrants as a homogeneous, religiously driven group and identifies the tensions they experience within their host countries.
A comparative, multi-ethnic study, based on over two thousand interviews, Diaspora by Design examines Muslim populations that have settled in Canada, Britain, Iran, and Palestine. Utilizing hard socio-economic data as well as qualitative analysis, the authors show the remarkable diversity and divisions between Muslim immigrant populations along urban-rural, cultural, class, and gender lines. They argue that integration is a two-way exchange that requires a readiness on the part of the host society to remove barriers that prevent the full social and economic participation of immigrant populations.
Extensively researched and thoughtfully provocative, Diaspora by Design is a much-needed work that provides an accurate and dynamic depiction of the lives of Muslim immigrants away from their homelands.
'Important and timely, Diaspora by Design treats a sensitive subject with deftness and sophistication. Its well-designed empirical study of minority communities drives home the message hard and accurately, through fact as well as philosophy. Its policy implications are critical at a time when the "truthiness" of accepted prejudices sorely needs to be questioned.' Radhika Desai, Department of Political Studies, University of Manitoba