Are you a prison officer who feels nervous about dealing with Muslims on the wings?
Are you a prison chaplain who wants to know how your chaplaincy affects the lives of prisoners?
Are you a policymaker who needs a robust base of evidence for Islam in prison?
Are you an academic or a journalist seeking ground-breaking social science in a contentious field?
Based on original evidence from 279 Muslim prisoners and 79 prison officers, we explore how Muslims come to be incarcerated, how the practice of Islam affects prison life and rehabilitation, the types of Islam and the effects of Islamic conversion in prison and the professional practice of officers and chaplains. We also investigate the common belief that incarceration fosters Islamist extremism and suggest improvements to faith provision and rehabilitative opportunities for Muslim prisoners.
A condensed history of Islam, where Islam comes from, how Islamic civilisation developed, and how and why Islam and Muslims come to be in European prisons today. It includes an account of the characteristics of Muslim prisoners in general and of our characteristic sample of 279 Muslim prisoners specifically.
An account of the basic beliefs and practices of Islam, such as the Six Articles of Faith, the Five Pillars of Islam and the Permitted (halal) and Forbidden (haram) and, from prisoners’ own voices, how these basic beliefs and practices shape and influence their lives.
This chapter maps the Worldviews of Muslim prisoners using a Worldview schema of Islam, Islamism and Islamist Extremism. Thereby, we challenge the belief that prisons in England, France and Switzerland are wholesale ‘incubators’ of Islamist Extremism.
Describes how the values and practices of Mainstream Islam are brought to life in prison by the majority of Muslim prisoners themselves and how the Worldview of Mainstream Islam shapes their experience of prison life and rehabilitation.
Describes in often graphic and eye-opening terms how Islamist and Islamist Extremist Worldviews shape the experiences of prison life for a small minority of Muslim prisoners and how these prisoners generate a level of fear that belies their small numbers.
Seven different types of Muslim prisoner describe in detail how they experience religious conversion and change in prison, and how these changes offer opportunities for rehabilitation, as well as risks of crime and Islamism.
Describes the critical role of Muslim prison chaplaincy in Muslim prison life through prisoners’ experiences of chaplains and the chaplains’ experiences of prisoners, with a particular focus on Statutory Duties, Friday Prayer and Islamic Studies classes. This chapter articulates some principles for best practice derived from the views and experiences of Muslim prison chaplains themselves.
In light of the importance of relationships with prison staff in the experience of religion, this chapter articulates critical principles for engagement with Muslims on the part of prison officers and prison governors.