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They: Hope and Fears - a personal journey around Muslim Britain

Sarfraz Manzoor

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Religious fundamentalism

A powerful and deeply personal exploration of a divided country - and a radical vision for change.

Britain is divided. In the last ten years there has been a rise both in Islamist radicalism and far-right extremism. Across Europe, anti-Muslim attitudes have moved from the fringe towards near-acceptability, evidenced in this country by the comments from Boris Johnson on the niqab and the journey of Tommy Robinson from football thug to advisor to UKIP. The narrative from both hard-line Muslims and the far right is the same: Muslims and non-Muslims cannot and should not live together, because they are not us.

In They, acclaimed writer Sarfraz Manzoor will confront head-on what critics say about Muslims and will explore, through nine major themes, whether their accusations have any credence. Visiting the towns and cities in Britain most notorious for race riots, segregation, jihadism and child sex exploitation, Sarfraz will talk with those who we usually don't hear from - the lived experiences of radicalism, forced marriage and sexual exploitation - and will search for the people and stories that offer a glimpse of hope that things can change for the better.

Personal, controversial and enduringly hopeful, They will offer a fresh vision of how to build a more united kingdom, tackling head-on as it does many of the most pressing issues of our age.

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