Religion, Immigration, and Belonging

Tens of millions of people live in countries far away from their birthplaces or those of their parents. Together with revolutionary communication networks and a truly global, fast-paced economic system, immigration has made our world both significantly smaller and infinitely bigger: we now can reach out to people thousands of miles away, while at the same time the number of cultures and peoples we encounter daily has vastly increased. These changes have made a deep impact on the way we interact with each other and, indeed, on our own identities. Very few of us can now claim to have just one national or ethnic identity. Increasingly, we share some parts of our identity with people who live elsewhere. Globalization has also changed our perception of who is like us and who is different. In this section we will explore how people’s sense of belonging and identity are changing.

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Global Immigration

The Cricket Test

Which team do you support? Consider how the idea of loyalty affects one’s identity and belonging.

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Identity in Diaspora

In these excerpts from her memoir, author Saira Shah reflects on the importance of the stories that her father told her about her family’s ancestral home in Afghanistan.

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Transcultural Identities

Indian-American author Jhumpa Lahiri reflects on the difficulties of balancing her dual identities.

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An Island of Immigrants

Consider what the history of immigration in Great Britain means for newcomers and the country’s national identity today.

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A New Concept of Identity

French writer Amin Maalouf describes the connection between violence and issues of identity and belonging.

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Global Immigration

Believing in Britain

Author Ed Husain remembers two key experiences from growing up in an immigrant family in London that shaped his identity and the decisions that he made.

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Understanding Strangers

Consider the opportunities and challenges that arise when we encounter strangers.

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Global Immigration

Three Parables for Integration

Explore themes of assimilation and integration with three stories about the relationship between newcomers and their host societies.

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Global Immigration

What is a Nation?

Consider the idea of what makes a nation using the opinions of philosophers, reporters, and the general public.

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Identity and Belonging

Author Sarfraz Manzoor writes about the experiences that shaped his understanding of what it means to be British and what it means to belong.

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Talking About Religion

Eboo Patel reflects on how religion impacts his identity and a time in his past when he was a bystander.

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Religion and Belonging

Explore the relationship between religious identity and belonging with these accounts of Asian migrants in Britain.

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