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UK Muslim Grassroots Group Wants to Eradicate Extremism

A group of reformed-extremists, want to eradicate extremism in Britain's Muslim community. The Quilliam Foundation wants to help mainstream Muslims spread the message that a vast majority of Muslims are peaceful.

By countering al-Qaeda's narrative, the group hopes to facilitate a reconciliation between the West and Islam, beginning in London. The foundation is named after a 19th century Englishman who converted to Islam.

The think tank's website says that as former activists of radical Islamist organizations, the founders are familiar with the mindset and methods of extremist groups. But, now they hope to help Western Muslims flourish without the cultural and political baggage of India and the Middle East.

Do you think a grassroots effort is the right way counter extremism and change public perceptions? Or, should energy be directed toward major international players?


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