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By H. Becher

Regardless of the growing to be multi-faith and multi-ethnic nature of england, there's inadequate wisdom approximately variety in kinfolk practices throughout ethno-religious teams. This e-book fills that gap, exploring relations practices – values, roles, relationships, help platforms and day-by-day workouts – between South Asian Muslim households in Britain.

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The ‘language of origin’ was often spoken between adults, and between first-generation parents and children. Interestingly, although second-generation parents usually spoke English with their children, there were certain occasions when their language of origin would be used instead – for example, when disciplining them or when telling stories about their culture of origin or religion. This calls to mind a dimension of ‘speaking’ family practices which will be examined further in Chapter 4. 6 Education and work The demographic picture (ODPM 2003; ONS 2004) indicates that British South Asians, and particularly South Asian Muslims, tend to be less economically active, and to have higher unemployment rates, than the white British majority.

3 shows, the views of ‘religious leaders’ are seen as important by more Muslim parents: 58 per cent found them ‘very important’ (compared with 10 per cent of Christians) and a further 24 per cent ‘fairly important’. Christian parents were most likely to find them ‘not very important’. These figures suggest that the role of religious values in parenting may be perceived as especially strong for Muslim families. They also indicate a relatively high degree among Muslim parents of trust and importance placed on membership of the religious community.

15 Family Beliefs and Values 35 Although, as might be expected, the theme of not being strict was most clearly represented in families low on religiosity, it was not confined to this group. Nor did expressions of non-strictness equate to a lack of religious affiliation or practice. One mother, from a family relatively low on religious observance, explained that even people like her would find it important to send their children to Islamic classes: You get some parents who are really Westernized, even they send their children, and like myself who do not know anything about Islam send their children to classes.

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