Columnist: Britain should emulate Islam

This broadside in today’s Guardian is certain to raise some hackles in Britain. Columnist Sarfraz Manzoor throws calls for Muslim integration right back at British society by suggesting that Britain integrate into Muslim values. It is easy to dismiss Muslim parents as old-fashioned and traditional, but when the rest of the country is busy wondering ...

By , a professor at Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies.
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This broadside in today's Guardian is certain to raise some hackles in Britain. Columnist Sarfraz Manzoor throws calls for Muslim integration right back at British society by suggesting that Britain integrate into Muslim values.

It is easy to dismiss Muslim parents as old-fashioned and traditional, but when the rest of the country is busy wondering how to respond to a culture of rampant disrespect, it is worth considering whether they could learn from Muslim values. Muslim children are more likely to be brought up in two-parent families rather than the single-parent households that are increasingly common in Britain.

For good measure, he wraps up the piece by blaming extremism not on Islam but on the overexposure of extremists to "white society."

This broadside in today’s Guardian is certain to raise some hackles in Britain. Columnist Sarfraz Manzoor throws calls for Muslim integration right back at British society by suggesting that Britain integrate into Muslim values.

It is easy to dismiss Muslim parents as old-fashioned and traditional, but when the rest of the country is busy wondering how to respond to a culture of rampant disrespect, it is worth considering whether they could learn from Muslim values. Muslim children are more likely to be brought up in two-parent families rather than the single-parent households that are increasingly common in Britain.

For good measure, he wraps up the piece by blaming extremism not on Islam but on the overexposure of extremists to “white society.”

Whether the danger is religious extremism, drugs or crime, those involved are largely third-generation Muslims who are so integrated into white society that they are emulating its worst characteristics.

Integration did not save them, it created them.

David Bosco is a professor at Indiana University’s Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies. He is the author of The Poseidon Project: The Struggle to Govern the World’s Oceans. Twitter: @multilateralist

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