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Class, gender and religious influences on changing patterns of Pakistani Muslim male violence in Bradford

Suggests that analysis of Pakistani Muslim communities requires explanation not just in terms of social class and ‘race’ but also with reference to religion and culture insists that there is an increasing tendency towards public and domestic violence amongst Pakistani males in Bradford and that this cannot be explained simply in terms of material deprivation and social exclusion. Citing examples such as a vigilante campaign to remove prostitutes from Manningham and the ‘policing’ of ‘un-Islamic’ activities amongst young Muslim women by the ‘mobile phone mob’, she argues that it is necessary to examine the way in which Islam - whether ‘orthodox’ or not - can be deployed to legitimate such violence.

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