The big question: British Islam
Has the integration of British Muslims failed?
This week, radical and extremist Islam has been at the heart of the news agenda, as a video circulated showing the beheading of an American journalist by an IS fighter who appeared to be of British extraction. Clearly, radical Islam exists in Britain but its roots, and the solutions to it, remain obscure.
It’s time for action
We have a huge problem with integration, and it’s being grossly underplayed. If about 500 British muslims have gone to fight in Iraq and Syria, assuming it’s mostly young Sunni males that’s one in every 800. It’s been three years since David Cameron pointed to the link between extremism and terrorist attacks in his speech in Munich, and the Department for Communities and Local Government, which was responsible for rolling out the counter-extremism strategy, has done nothing. Both the government and Muslim communities need to work together to resolve this. We’ve seen huge improvements in our lifetimes with racism and homophobia. If we can do it with them, we can do it with Islamist extremism, which is also a form of bigotry.
Maajid Nawaz, co-founder of counter-extremism think tank Quilliam
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