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Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Survey: Young Muslims in Britain Are More Politicized. Blame Multiculturalism?

Results of a survey released yesterday by the Policy Exchange, a center-right British think tank, are causing a bit of a stir....

The author of the survey, titled “Living Apart Together: British Muslims and the Paradox of Multiculturalism”..., blamed the government’s long-running policy of embracing cultural differences, rather than encouraging and embracing “difference.”

Said the report’s lead author, Munira Mirza, in a press statement accompanying the survey’s release:
The emergence of a strong Muslim identity in Britain is, in part, a result of multicultural policies implemented since the 1980s which have emphasized difference at the expense of shared national identity and divided people along ethnic, religious and cultural lines.
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