Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Muslim Liberals

Something a bit different from Scotland:

A DECADE-LONG battle between Scotland's Muslim old guard and a new generation of reformers has been won by the young liberals who will now move into positions of power in the country's largest mosque.

The clash is being interpreted as a battle between older believers who define themselves as Pakistani and younger ones who see themselves as Scottish-British. Young muslims have been pushing for reform at Glasgow's Central Mosque for 10 years.

They want women and children to play a greater role and for imams to engage more with the non-Muslim community. They also want the religious focus of Islam in Scotland to contend with modern social evils, including drug abuse and gang violence.

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