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The good Muslim delusion

Western powers have been trying—and failing—to dictate what Islam should be for centuries. It's time for them to stop

By Sameer Rahim   March 2018

Miriam by Hassan Hajjaj (2010) from Don't Panic, I'm Islamic ed by Lynn Gaspard, a new collection of stories and images by Muslims. Photo: copyright Hassan Hajjaj

After the London Bridge attacks last June, Theresa May told the nation that a purely military response to Islamic State (IS) was insufficient. What was needed, she said, was a battle of ideas. The prime minister added that there was “far too much tolerance of extremism,” and that certain communities—for which read British Muslims—weren’t doing enough to tackle the problem. They needed…

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