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'Muslim Glastonbury' challenges perceptions of Islam in Britain
Ranging from sectarianism to sex, a four-day event nicknamed the "Muslim Glastonbury" is setting out to challenge perceptions of Islam in Britain.
Living Islam, which began on Thursday at Lincolnshire Showground and continues over the weekend, is a celebration of Eid al-Fitr, which was marked by Muslims around the world this week at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. But the festival, perhaps more akin to a Muslim Hay-on-Wye than the music festival it has been compared to, also represents an opportunity for the expected 4,500 attendees to discuss the issues pertinent to them in contemporary Britain.
Dilwar Hussain, one of the organisers of the Islamic Society of Britain event, being run for the fifth time, said the range of topics being covered should not come as a surprise. "British Muslims are a broad range of people, they're not just interested in one thing. They have diverse interests and they shouldn't be stereotyped as extreme or non-extreme, passive or moderate."
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