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Hijacking of British Islam

Hijacking of British Islam



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A report published in October 2007 by the right-wing think-tank Policy Exchange which was revealed by BBC Newsnight as being based in part on fabricated evidence.
A report published in October 2007 by the right-wing think-tank Policy Exchange which was revealed by BBC Newsnight as being based in part on fabricated evidence.

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 The hijacking of British Islam
How extremist literature is subverting mosques in the UK
Denis MacEoin
Policy Exchange is an independent think tank whose mission is to develop and promote new policy ideas which willfoster a free society based on strong communities, personal freedom, limited government, national selfconfidence andan enterprise culture. Registered charity no: 1096300.Policy Exchange is committed to an evidencebased approach to policy development. We work in partnership with academics and other experts and commission major studies involving thorough empirical research of alternative policy outcomes. We believe that the policy experience of other countries offers important lessons for government in the UK. Wealso believe that government has much to learn from business and the voluntary sector.
Charles Moore (Chairman of the Board), Theodore Agnew, Richard Briance, Camilla Cavendish, Richard Ehrman,Robin Edwards, Virginia Fraser, Lizzie Noel, George Robinson, Tim Steel, Alice Thomson, Rachel Whetstone.
 The hijacking of British Islam
 About the author
is the Royal Literary FundFellow at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He holds MAs from Trinity College,Dublin and Edinburgh in English, Persian, Arabic, and Islamic Studies, and a PhD inPersian (Islamic) Studies from Cambridge.From 1979-80 he taught English andIslamic Civilisation at the Mohammed V University in Fez, Morocco and was laterlecturer in Arabic and Islamic Studies atNewcastle University. In 1980 he becamean Honorary Fellow in the Centre forMiddle East and Islamic Studies at DurhamUniversity. He has also written severalbooks, including
Islam in the Modern World 
 A People Apart: The Baha'i Community of Iran in the Twentieth Century 
New Jerusalems: reflections on Islam,Religious Fundamentalism, and the Rushdie  Affair 
(1993) and
From the Shaykhi  Movement to the Babi Religion
(forthcom-ing). He has also written numerous articlesin Islamic Studies
and contributed widely to the
Encyclopedia Iranica
, the
Encyclopediaof Islam
, and the
Encyclopedia of Islam in the  Modern World 
.© Policy Exchange 2007Published by Policy Exchange, Clutha House, 10 Storey’s Gate, London SW1P 3AY 
ISBN: 978-1-906097-10-3Printed by CGI EuropeDesigned by SoapBox, www.soapboxcommunications.co.uk 
Notes on Transliterationand Methodology
The different materials featured here haveno systematic approach to the translitera-tion of Arabic names, titles and terms, with the result that some of them occur intwo or three different versions. To avoidconfusion, a consistent method has - asmuch as possible - been used, while alter-natives have been shown where necessary.It should also be noted that in someinstances, where English language texts arebeing quoted, the quality of the Englishbeing cited is not always particularly high;still, the report attempts to stay as faithfulas possible to the original sources.In the pages that follow, several texts arementioned more than once. The reason forthis is simple. First, these works are amongstthe most widely available in many of themosques surveyed. Second, it allows readersto move straight to specific locations thatinterest them, and to observe in detail whatmaterial was found and where.
Executive summary5Key quotes from the material91Preface132Introduction143A mosque-by-mosque survey29
London31Birmingham102North-West England118 Yorkshire14
Edinburgh148Southern England150
4Conclusions and policy recommendations167 Appendix I: The Publishers180 Appendix II: Books Featured Here186 Acknowledgements202

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