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No, British Muslims don’t have a special duty to combat extremism

There is nothing useful in asking a disparate and diverse set of people to solve a problem they have little or no control over

By Sameer Rahim  

Whitechapel's East London Mosque, which issued a statement condemning Saturday's attack. Photo: PA

On Saturday night I was in bed, reading Henry James, when I learnt of the attacks in progress on London Bridge. By chance, the novel was James’s 1886 work The Princess Casamassima, one of his few novels to engage with contemporary political events. The protagonist is Hyacinth Robinson, the illegitimate son of an aristocrat and a dressmaker, who joins a terrorist organisation. James is best known for writing about the love lives of the…

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