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Islam in Victorian Britain by Ronald Geaves
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A fascinating book which mostly covers the progress of William Quilliam's conversion to Islam, the founding of the first proper mosque in England, the appointment of Quilliam as the Shah of England, and his subsequent fading from public life.
I was attracted to the book because I live in Liverpool (the site of the Mosque) and was actually married in the building (it was taken over by the council and became a registry office). The book is well written and (as far as I can tell) well researched. It is certainly an insight into a time (end of the 19th, start of the 20th century) when religion (of the Christian kind) was far more important, and taken much more seriously. The expansion of the British Empire placed an enormous strain on people who were serious about the Christian message, and Quilliam was one such, who converted to Islam because he saw it as a more consistent and less troublesome religion.
The book has much to say about the history of religion at this time, and about the rise of multiculturalism, then and now.
Recommended for anyone interested in these things.
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April 15, 2016 – Started Reading
May 7, 2016 – Shelved
May 7, 2016 – Finished Reading

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