Younger Muslims ‘more political’

Young Muslims are much more likely than their parents to be attracted to political forms of Islam, a think tank survey has suggested. Support for Sharia law, Islamic schools and wearing the veil is much stronger among younger Muslims, a poll for the centre-right Policy Exchange found. The report’s lead author, Munira Mirza, blamed government policy for a growing split between Muslims and non-Muslims.

BBC News, 29 January 2007

Yes, following on from Martin Bright and When Progressives Treat with Reactionaries, it’s another “liberal” opponent of Islamism and multiculturalism making common cause with right-wing Islamophobes via Policy Exchange. Interestingly, Munira Mirza is part of the tendency around Spiked Online and the Institute of Ideas, which was formerly the Revolutionary Communist Party. Mind you, the libertarian individualism promoted by the ex-RCP these days fits in quite well with Tory values.

For further analysis see Rolled Up Trousers, 29 January 2007 and BBC News, 29 January 2007

The report has been applauded by the fascists as “yet more proof of the growing danger to the UK from Muslim separatism”. See BNP news article, 29 January 2007

The Policy Exchange report Living Apart Together: British Muslims and the paradox of multiculturalism can be downloaded here.