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Beyond grievance

After the bombs, the politics of Muslim grievance must receive more critical scrutiny

By Emran Mian   August 2005

The London bombs have begun a process of self-examination among Muslims in Britain. The sense of hurt, shame and disappointment that leading Muslims expressed on discovering that the bombers were British is genuine and widely shared. Muslim communities face economic deprivation, educational underachievement, gender inequality and, of course, religious extremism. Until now, it has been hard to generate debate on these issues. These are often traditional communities, in which a combination of perceived local exclusion and world events has allowed a politics of grievance to develop, a politics that refuses to address these problems, blaming them all instead on the…

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