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Planning Law and Mosque Development: the Politics of Religion and Residence in Birmingham

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This chapter resumes the focus of the earlier research and assesses how the situation in Birmingham has developed in the intervening years. It presents the results of qualitative research to explore how some of the issues have played out in the experiences of a number of Muslim groups, taking the West Midlands city of Birmingham as a case study. The chapter provides an overview of contemporary patterns in Birmingham, with regard to the effects of urban planning upon Muslims. This confirms that nearly half of all registered mosques in Birmingham are established in former residential premises. The chapter highlights some of the recurrent issues that have arisen through the interaction between Muslim groups and the planning process in the city. Some of the findings discussed in the chapter suggest that the planning process continues to present Muslims in Birmingham with a series of constraints that unduly restrict their religious observances.

Keywords: Birmingham; Mosque; Muslim groups; Planning Law; politics of religion; residence



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