November 30, 2010

Muslims at more risk in suburbs


by Jan Harris

Although anti-Muslim violence is generally considered a big-city issue, research by the University of Exeter points to the suburbs and small market towns as posing a serious problem.

The isolation of mosques in these areas and failure to acknowledge that anti-muslim incidents occur are causing Muslims to feel under siege in their own communities.

The report titled ‘Islamophobia and Anti-Muslim Hate Crime: UK Case Studies’ found that many incidents went unreported.

The report, which is part of a 10-year academic research project led by the European Muslim Research Centre (EMRC) at the university, shows a substantial increase in attacks on mosques since 9/11, especially on smaller or isolated Muslim communities.

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