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18. Religion, Minority Rights and Muslims of the United Kingdom

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This chapter critically examines the position of Muslim minorities within the United Kingdom. It examines the rights of minorities after the birth of the United Nations remained absorbed into the wider aspiration of the protection of individual human rights. The chapter considers a number of issues and concerns encountered by the Muslim minorities both historically as well as post 7 July 2005. It presents a historical overview of Muslim minorities in the United Kingdom. The chapter examines the practices and policies of the successive British governments and the factors that have led to disenchantment, discrimination and aggravation. It focuses upon the implications of 11 September 2001 and 7 July bombings. The chapter analyzes the substantial issues faced by Muslim minorities of the United Kingdom. To overcome the historic patterns of discrimination, a change of policies is required through legislative and administrative measures and also through societal approaches towards minority groups.

Keywords: human rights; Muslim minorities; Muslims; policies; religion; United Kingdom



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