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_Tonra 01 19/06/2014 12:56 Page 216 216 CLASS, ETHNICITY AND RELIGION IN THE BENGALI EAST END declaring themselves officially anti-war, they took no active role in the anti-war movement. The council leader, Helal Abbas, excused this to me on the grounds that, as a Muslim-dominated group, it would have left them open to negative media stereotyping.1 Part of the anti-war movement The reaction to 9/11 by the United States and its allies accelerated Muslim politicisation and gave a new urgency to anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist movements everywhere. Many Muslims

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Sarah Glynn

shortly after 9/11 that Al Muhajiroun ‘have a few individuals who have big mouths and they shout’.87 The reaction of British Jamaat-linked groups to both the terrorism in New York and the war in Afghanistan was firm but measured – in fact very much in line with the wider anti-war movement, but with greater emphasis on the lack of incontrovertible legal proof of bin Laden’s guilt. They regarded Afghanistan Glynn 08_Tonra 01 19/06/2014 12:55 Page 195 MOBILISATION THROUGH ISLAM under the Taliban as a sort of failed Islamic state in the same way that Trotskyists have

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