Muslim charity in the United Kingdom: Between counter-terror and social integration

Samantha May* (Corresponding Author)

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Writing ahead of the next ‘Independent Review’ of the United Kingdom’s counter-terror strategy, this article presents two inter-related arguments. First, that the current counter-terror legislation is counter-productive, according to its own logic, in achieving social integration. Second, that Islamic practices and conceptualisations associated with charitable giving hold potentials to offer a more inclusive understanding of social integration than that currently utilised in the United Kingdom. The actions of Muslim charities and practitioners within Britain (exemplified by service provisions during Covid restrictions) serve as an important tool for social integration. Thus, by exploring the potentials of Muslim charitable giving, an alternative solution to social integration in the United Kingdom is presented. Drawing from participant interviews with a range of Muslim charitable practitioners, this article argues that supporting British Muslim charities would assist social integration and the construction of ‘shared values’ assumed by UK counter-terror strategies to be a tool in combating ‘extremist’ narratives.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalBritish Journal of Politics and International Relations
Early online date26 Jan 2023
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Jan 2023

Bibliographical note

Gratitude as always to the staff, and especially the students, of the University of Aberdeen – you continue to be the most insightful and amiable ‘Guinea pigs’. The author is indebted to the two blind reviewers whose attention to detail and suggestions exemplify the benefits of a rigorous review system. Finally, enormous thanks to all who gave their sadaqah by participating in this research.
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Thanks to the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust for funding this research. With gratitude to the British Academy Small Research Grants (SG122527) and the Leverhulme Early Careers Fellowship (F-2015-331).


  • counter-terror
  • Muslim charity
  • shared values
  • social integration


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