An article in yesterday’s Economist acknowledges the SNPs success in gaining support from Muslims in Scotland, and the general compatibility of Muslim and Scottish (as opposed to English) identities:
In particular it focuses on the SNP’s selection of Osama Saeed to challenge Labour MP Mohammad Sarwar’s Glasgow Central seat. Picking up on the theme of symbolising nationalisms, consider the photo. What, if anything, in it signals that the boy is Muslim (apart from the fine print on the placard)? And does the phrase ‘Islam in Tartan’ imply certain things about the ‘superficiality’ versus ‘depth’ of certain identities? I’m not having a go at the authors, just interested in the more subliminal meanings, whether or not they are intended.