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Muslims And The Aftermath Of 7 July 2005: Revisiting Minority Rights In The United Kingdom

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Islam and Islamic legal principles have become the focus of world attention. Critics of Islam argue that Islam per se is an aggressive religion advocating recourse to violence, terrorism and destruction. In order to reinforce their prejudices against Islam, they point to a lack of constitutionalism, abuse of power, political manipulation and violations of fundamental human rights in many Islamic states. This chapter examines critically the position of Muslim minorities within the United Kingdom. It considers a number of issues and concerns encountered by the Muslim minorities both historically and post 7 July 2005. The chapter presents a historical overview of Muslim minorities in the United Kingdom. It examines the practices and policies of successive British governments and the factors that have led to disenchantment, discrimination and aggravation. It then focuses specifically upon the implications of the 11 September 2001 and 7 July 2005 bombings respectively.

Keywords: bombings; British governments; discrimination; human rights; Muslim minorities; terrorism; United Kingdom



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