Seddon, Mohammad Siddique (2007)
Muslim and Jewish communities in Nineteenth Century Manchester
In: Muslim-Jewish dialogue in a 21st Century world. Centre for Minority Studies, History Department, Royal Holloway University of London, Egham.
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Contemporary relations between the Muslim and Jewish communities in Britain have been largely shaped and marred by international politics as a result of the creation of the state of Israel in the aftermath of the Second World War. However, historically the two distinct communities have enjoyed long periods of cultural proximity and cross-fertilisation, particularly in their migration and settlement experiences in Britain. From as early as the late-eighteenth century Maghribi and Levantine Muslim and Jewish traders migrated into the ‘Cottonopolis’ of industrial Manchester and their shared middle-eastern traditions and cultures ensured that both communities enjoyed a lengthy reciprocal relationship of inter-religious tolerance and collective community development. This paper explores some of the issues, experiences and historical details relating to Muslim and Jewish communities in 19th century Manchester.
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Mohammad Siddique Seddon is in the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK (CSI-UK), Cardiff University. This paper was given at a workshop on the comparative study of Jews and Muslims held at Royal Holloway, University of London, on 22-23 April 2006, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.