The civil war among Muslims in Britain

1 December 2010
In this op-ed, Michael Mumisa of the University of Cambridge shares his view on the fragmented situation of the Muslim community in Britain:
“The previous government’s controversial programme for preventing violent extremism is currently being reviewed by the Home Office. How did it happen that programmes which were introduced with the aim of promoting ‘community cohesion’ and preventing the influence of violent extremists ended up achieving the opposite of what they set out to achieve? Since the introduction of such programmes British Muslim communities have been engaged in what is effectively a ‘civil war’ which has left young Muslims (the intended beneficiaries of the programmes) further marginalised and more vulnerable to extremist ideas. (…)”