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The problem with Britain’s mosques

Many mosques are failing the communities they serve, says the author of a major new report. This is a missed opportunity in the fight against Islamist extremism

By Anya Hart Dyke   March 2009

I’d never been inside a mosque in Britain before September 2008. I have come a long way since then.

Despite the headlines, too little is known about Britain’s second largest religion. The majority of us don’t have Muslim neighbours or colleagues. Perhaps this is why, as I set foot for the first time in a mosque in Leyton, east London, I did so with mild trepidation—feeling as I have done innumerable times when I have been in unfamiliar surroundings, be it in Albania, Cambodia, Morocco or The Gambia. It was quite unexpected; I was still in England. I was there…

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