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By Bhikhu Parekh

A wide part of ecu opinion believes that Muslims current a long
term political and cultural chance. Professor Parekh argues that this
view is deeply improper. there's, however, a small underclass,
mainly younger, that is deeply alienated from either their parental and
European cultures. they're in Europe yet now not of it, and feature no
commitment to it. A discussion among the Muslim groups in general
and the host societies is hence worthy. It has its limits and we
should no longer count on an excessive amount of from it. notwithstanding, there's no replacement to
it.

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Although religious consciousness is quite strong among most Muslims, it takes a different form among the alienated youth. Their parents’ Islam is largely traditional, tied up with the culture of their homeland, and bound up with their ethnic and other identities. They revere the Qur’an, but their Islam is not narrowly centred on it and textual in character. They do not know Arabic and rely on the traditionalist ulema drawn from their native homelands to interpret it for them. The Islam of young Muslims could not be more different.

Some Muslims mistakenly see their presence in Europe as comparable to the prophet’s hijra to Madina, and draw misleading conclusions from it. The prophet founded a new community with its own rules and structure of authority; Muslim immigrants are not like that. The prophet migrated to avoid persecution; Muslims are voluntary migrants. For a creative interpretation of Islam which takes account of this, see Tariq Ramadan, European Muslims and the Future of Islam. Oxford University Press, 2004. indd 31 05-02-2008 10:38:39 32 of young Muslims is a legitimate source of concern.

It is striking that young Muslims form nine percent of the prison population, which is three times their proportion in the country. indd 32 05-02-2008 10:38:39 33 ers in London are Muslims. Many of those who avoid crime turn to Islam to give them a sense of dignity and identity, a particularly noticeable trend among college and university students. Although religious consciousness is quite strong among most Muslims, it takes a different form among the alienated youth. Their parents’ Islam is largely traditional, tied up with the culture of their homeland, and bound up with their ethnic and other identities.

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