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Some years ago, Azhar Hussain, a technology entrepreneur from south London, came up with what he thought was a winning idea to improve the sometimes troubled relations between Muslims and their non-Muslim neighbours. His local mosque was situated in a deprived, mixed-race neighbourhood, and he suggested to its trustees that they set up a bursary that would pay for a young person to go through university. Crucially, it would be open to all, not just Muslims, the aim being to show that Muslims are not just interested in themselves. But the idea was turned down. The trustees, Hussain told me,…

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