Book Read: Tablighi Jamaat and the Quest for the London Mega Mosque

The book charts the attempts of Tablighi Jamaat (TJ), to build Europe’s biggest mosque in London – the so-called Mega Mosque. The story of TJ and its struggle to build the mosque is one of learning to navigate a shifting sociopolitical context. The book illustrates how the TJ are best understood through comprehending both the context from which they emerged as well as the context in which they are currently found, whilst also detailing how the wider group is structured.

After providing a historical view of Muslim communities in Britain, the book explores how TJ engagement works at a practical level and emphasises catalysts in TJ’s process of adaptation. The use of two Public Inquiries display how TJ was caught in a juxtaposition between adapting to rules of a liberal state and the belief that the only way to achieve one’s goals is through living a theologically authentic way of life.

The book addresses the wider issues over the role of religion, and specifically Islam, in Western liberal democracies.  At the same time, the place of religion in liberal democracies generates profound questions over the moral basis and legitimacy of liberalism.


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