Being a Young British Muslim in the Age of the ‘War on Terror’: A Critical Reflection on Interviewing a Young Muslim in Britain

Mohammad Zaki Arrobi(1*)

(1) Departemen Sosiologi, FISIPOL Universitas Gadjah Mada Departemen Sosiologi, University of Essex
(*) Corresponding Author





Full Text:



Anna Mansson McGinty, K. S. & C. S.-J. (2013) ‘Researching within and against Islamophobia: a collaboration project with Muslim communities’, Social & Cultural Geography, Vol. 14 No, pp. 1–22. Available at:

Baumbusch, J. (2010) ‘Semi-Structured Interviewing in Practice-Close Research’, Journal for Specialist in Pediatric Nursery, Volume 13.

Bayat, L. H. and A. (2010) Being Young and Muslim New Cultural Politics in the Global South and North. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bayoumi, M. (2010) ‘Being Young, Muslim, and American in Brooklyn’, in Being Young and Muslim: New Cultural Politics in the Global South and North. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 161–174.

Bayrakli, E., Hafes, F. and Eds (2015) European Islamophobia Report. Washington. Available at:

Bhopal, K. (2010) ‘Gender, Identity and experience: Researching marginalised groups’, Women’s Studies International Forum, 33, pp. 188–195.

Billaud, J. (2016) ‘Snapshots of British Islam: Exploring Self, Identity, and the Good Ethical Life in the Global Megalopolis’, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 45(5)(503– 528). Available at: doi:10.1177/0891241615578904.

Bolognani, M. (2007) ‘Islam, Ethnography and Politics: Methodological Issues in Researching amongst West Yorkshire Pakistanis in 2005’, Int. J. Social Research Methodology, Vol 10 No(October 2007), pp. 279–293.

Bryman, A. (2012) Social Research Methods. Fourth Edi. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Clough, P. and Nutbrown, C. (2012) A Student Guide to Methodology: Justifying Enquiry. 3rd Editio. London: SAGE Publisher.

Fukuyama, F. (2006) The End of History and the Last Man. London: Free Press.

Geerz, C. (1971) Islam Observed: Religious Development in Morocco and Indonesia. London: The University of Chicago Press.

Gellner, E. (1981) Muslim Society. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Gest, J. (2010) Apart: Alienated and Engaged Muslims in the West. London: Hurst and Company.

Giampapa, F. (2011) ‘The Politics of “Being and Becoming” a Researcher: Identity, Power, and Negotiating the Field’, Journal of Language, Identity & Education, 10, pp. 132–144. Available at:

Hadiz, V. R. (2008) ‘Towards a Sociological Understanding of Islamic Radicalism in Indonesia’, Journal of Contemporary Asia, 38 (4), pp. 638–47. Available at: doi:10.1080/00472330802311795.

Hadiz, V. R. (2016) Islamic Populism in Indonesia and Middle East. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Huntington, S. P. (1996) The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Journal of World History. New York: Penguin Books.doi:10.2307/2654621.

Isakjee, A. (2012) Tainted Citizen: The Securitised Identities of Young Muslim Men in Birmingham. The University of Birmingham.

Isakjee, A. (2016) ‘Dissonant belongings: The evolving spatial identities of young Muslim men in the UK’, Environment and Planning A, 48(7), pp. 1337–1353. Available at: doi: 10.1177/0308518X16641110.

Katherine E. Brown & Tania Saeed (2015) ‘Radicalization and counter-radicalization at British universities: Muslim encounters and alternatives’, Ethnic and Racial Studies, 38, No. 11(1952–1968). Available at:

Lewis, A. (2004) ‘Interviewing children and young people with learning disabilities : Guidelines for researchers and multi-professional practice’, British Journal of Learning Disabilities, Volume 32(4 December 2004), pp. 191–197.

Lewis, B. (2004) The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror. Michigan: Modern Library Press.

Longhurst, R. (2010) ‘Semi-structured Interviews and Focus Groups’, in Clifford, N. and Valentine, S. F. and G. (eds) Key Methods in Geography. Second Edi. London: SAGE Publisher.

Luff, D. (1999) ‘Dialogue Across the Divides: Moments of Rapport and Power in Research with Anti-Feminist Women’, Sociology, 33 No 4 (November 1999), pp. 687–703.

Mamdani, M. (2002) ‘Good Muslim, Bad Muslim: A Political Perspective on Culture and Terrorism’, American Anthropologist, 104 No 3(September 2002), pp. 766–775. Available at:

McLoughlin, S. (2007) ‘Islam(s) in context: Orientalism and the anthropology of Muslim societies and cultures’, Journal of Beliefs & Values Studies in Religion & Education, 28. Available at:

Moazami, S. A. (2010) ‘Avoiding ’Youthfulness?: Young Muslims Negotiating Gender and Citizenship in France and Germany’, in Herera, L. and Bayat, A. (eds) Being Young and Muslim: New Cultural Politics in the Global South and North. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Mustafa, A. (2015) Identity and Political Participation among Young British Muslims: Believing and Belonging. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Mustafa, A. (2016) ‘Active citizenship, dissent and civic consciousness: young Muslims are redefining citizenship on their own terms’, Identities Global Studies in Culture and Power, Vol. 23 No, pp. 454–469. Available at:© 2015.

Ramadan, T. (2004) Western Muslims and the Future of Islam. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Raymond Opdenaker (2006) ‘Advantages and Disadvantages of Four Interview Techniques in Qualitative’, Forum Qualitative Social Research. Berlin: the University of Berlin, Volume 7 N. Available at:

Roy, O. (2004) Globalised Islam The Search for A New Ummah. London: Hurst and Company.

Ryan, L., Kofman, E. and Aaron, P. (2011) ‘Insiders and outsiders: working with peer researchers in researching Muslim communities’, International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 14 No 1(Januari 2011), pp. 49–60.

Said, E. (1979) Orientalism. New York: Vintage Publisher.

Sidel, J. (2007) The Islamist Threat in Southeast Asia: A Reassessment. Washington: Institut of Southeast Asia Studies (ISEAS).

Stuart Croft (2012) Securitizing Islam Identity and the Search for Security. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Talal Assad (1986) ‘The Idea of Anthropology of Islam’. CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARYY ARAB STUDIES Georgetown University.

Tariq Ramadan (2010) ‘Good Muslim, Bad Muslim’, New Statesman, 12 February. Available at:

Tibi, B. (2005) Islam Between Culture and Politics. New York: Palgrave MacMillan.

Wellington, J. (2000) Educational Research: Contemporary Issues and Particular Approach. London: Continuum.

Wyse, S. E. (2014) Advantages and Disadvantages of Face-to-Face Data Collection. Available at: (Accessed: 30 December 2016).

Zurbriggen, E. L. (2002) ‘Researching Sensitive Topics: Stories, Struggles, and Strategies’, Feminism and Psychology, 12 (2), pp. 253–255.


Article Metrics

Abstract views : 1276 | views : 1250


  • There are currently no refbacks.

Copyright (c) 2018 Jurnal Studi Pemuda

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.


   Jurnal Studi Pemuda (Online ISSN 2527-3639Print ISSN 2252-9020)  is published by the Youth Studies Centre in collaboration with Faculty of Social and Political Science, Universitas Gadjah Mada.  


View My Stats