The new skyline of Birmingham, England.
Innes Bowen is a Radio 4 producer on current affairs who has spent much of the last eight years doing some serious journalism in her free time. What she has come up with is not sensational, but is enormously important.
Her little book on British Islam, Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent, lays out for the first time in terms accessible to a lay audience something of the inner structures and dynamics of Islam in Britain.
For most people who are not Muslims, and certainly for most consumers and producers of the media, “Islam” is a largely undifferentiated set of beliefs, with Muslims being all more or less the same sort of people spread out along a spectrum from “extremist” to “normal”…
Not feeling ill yet? Read The Guardian’s review of the book. We lost the war! Let’s celebrate!