Tariq modoods multicultural politics racism ethnicity and muslims in britain is a significant contribution in the study of contemporary europe and its treatment of minorities the books focus on muslims who comprise the largest minority in both britain and europe is an added plus. In sum the author of multicultural politics racism ethnicity and muslims in britain is one of the most respected thinkers on ethnic minority experiences in britain. If as w e b du bois observed the problem of the twentieth century was the problem of the color line the problem of the twenty first century may be one that reaches back to premodernity religious identity even before 9 11 it was becoming evident that muslims not blacks were perceived as the other most threatening to western society even in a relatively pluralist nation such as britain. In multicultural politics one of the most respected thinkers on ethnic minority experience in england describes how what began as a black white division has been complicated by cultural racism islamophobia and a challenge to secular modernity tariq modood explores the tensions that have risen among advocates of multiculturalism as muslims . Madood sociology politics and public policy u of bristol uk was raised in london in the 1960s the child of pakistani immigrants who encouraged their children to assimilate into the best that britain had to offer while at the same time maintaining an ethnic pride in their muslim identity
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